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Use WIM file to create USB standalone installation

Hello all! I have a WDS setup with a current Windows 7 WIM and i am able to PXE boot successfully. I am looking for the easiest way to deploy this same image via USB stick, with no network connection. By easiest, i mean easiest for the end user. I have found instructions on getting the wim on a usb, and essentially booting into ximage and running serveral commands to begin the process. Of course, this brings with it no drivers or unattend files. It also requires the end user to follow multiple command line prompts correctly.

I have access to SCCM to make a usb image and also WDS and WAIK. My question is, what is the best way to take my current WIM image, and create a USB deployment drive that requires the least interaction from the end user (and preferably utilizes my unattend file?)

If someone good point me to some good instructions on using my WDS image to create something in system center, or better options for WDS, i'd greatly appreciate it.

Thanks!
Microsoft Legacy OSWindows Server 2008IT Administration

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8/22/2022 - Mon
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You may create a bootable WINPE USB key first then copy your customised WIM image on it.

Creating A Bootable WinPE 2.0 USB Key
http://windowsconnected.com/blogs/joshs_blog/archive/2007/02/05/creating-a-bootable-winpe-2-0-usb-key.aspx
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So, using this method, if i follow these instructions and then copy the WIm, are you saying the end user would not have to do anything at a command prompt? it would simply start loading the wim?  
Kezzi

Right click your Task Sequence and Select to Create Task Wizard Media.  Then choose the Standalone option and you'll see the USB option at the top. Then choose which distribution point you want to copy the files from including the share with the boot image (note how it states 1 of 7 packages etc - make sure all packages are available by selecting all the required distribution points)  By default SCCM only creates Bootable RAM USB disks so after you have created the necessary USB standalone option, integrate it with the tools mentioned above to make it truly bootable.

Else, what you can do instead of using the tool to make it truly bootable, log onto the machine in question (the OS supplied by manufacturer) then open the USB drive and run the bin\i386\tsmbautorun.exe to launch the task sequence wizard.
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Kezzi-
   Since i've never used SCCM to do anything like this, can you maybe define for my the "Distribution Points"? Is this simply the location where my WIM lives? Also, am i just pointing at my wim file and thats it?

Another question, will this take into account any of my WDS driver groups or an unattend?

Thanks for the quick replies!
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Kezzi-
  I think there is part of my confusion. I did not and have not used SCCM for any of my WIM create. Everything is used through WDS currently for PXE imaging.
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So, therefore, we did not "distribute" anything to a distribution share. It simply all lives on our WDS server and we pxe boot straight to that. So i guess, what i really need is to know how to do what you are describing now knowing i have a wim and boot.wim, unattend.xml, and other items in WDS, NOT SCCM currently. what is the best way to get the Wims in a "distribution point" and also, the best way to tell SCCM to use my unattend file?
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