Capturing an imagex image from a Hyper-v machine...

GordonRae
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Please excuse my lack of recent knowledge (I'm a Vista Virgin, XP Only guy)
For XP imaging, I use 2 x "master pc's". an Intel and and AMD. I create specific "builds" for each of my clients, then "sysprep, reboot to dos, ghost the image to a network share. All working tickety-boo.
In my lab, I have a Hyper-V server with various Win-7 images I'm playing with. The problem I have, is how to "capture" the virtual image after running "sysprep" on the Windows 7 Professional virtual PC's.
I tried booting into Barts PE, no mouse, no control, then I tried booting into Windows PE (built from AIK-7) and it still won't boot.
I'd like to boot it to Win PE, then copy the sysyprep'd image to my network share using imagex.
Anybody got a solution / workaround?
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What I normally do with windows 7, server 2008 and R2 Hyper-v vms is :
Install the OS as a virtual machine, apply updates, integration services then sysprep, shutdown
copy the vhd on a secondary storage or on the same server somewhere else ;
then when I need to create a new vhd, i just create a new virtual machine in hyper-v and select the spare vhd and it boots into out of box experience ;
you can also use tools to convert vm to physical machine v2p

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OK, I understand you so far, but how do I get the syspreped image into WIM format so I can apply image to bare metal boxes?
binarybonsai
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I haven't used imagex to capture from hyper-v
But, an idea - which might be useful for you :
If you can deploy one Windows Deployment server on Server 2008 or R2 ; configure it ;
and then sysprep your vm in hyper-v, when it re-boots do a F-12 for PXE Boot and it will start to capture it as WIM and upload it to the wds server, you can provide another location for it as well so it saves there first and then uploads ;

If you do specify another location on that same vm's hard disk, you can then access that hard disk over the network and copy it over to your desired location
http://www.thincomputing.net/blog/geeking-out-with-windows-deployment-services.html
http://www.windows-noob.com/forums/index.php?/topic/446-how-can-i-setup-wds-in-windows-server-2008/
Hope it helps

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Sound idea with WDS, which I have. I'll give it a go. Currently installing  Virtual Machine Manager R2.. think this will be the real "Daddy"
Sorry for delay in response, been up to my ears in it.

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