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WDS, .wim file size, and just general guidance

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I have come sort of a long way.  At my job we use a ghostcast server for all of our deploying.  On and off, I have been looking into and working on WDS so we can use PXE.  Currently I am capturing an image of my PC for testing.  Using the captureimage.wim and WDS server.  Currently, this is what I am hung up on.  The image is very large.  Perhaps I screwed up somewhere,  but that seems to be the case.  Is there some sort of compression technique I should be employing.  I am seeing refrences to "imagex" when running search queries.  I got the particular image from the ghostcast server,  and that Image was 2 Gb in size.  Now I am pushing over ten.  I am assuming it should be compressed, because this seems to slow.  Windows 7 proffesional is the OS.  I am assigning 500 points due to time issues.  I am currently in image capture upload, at work.  I would like to have a presentable system by today.  Shortly I will ask another question regarding  answer file with sysprep.  Or, rather,  my options to do what the answer file does, perhaps by using WDS.  I would like a fully automated install,  or at least up to the point of only entering the computer name.
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In the original "reference" installation, what are the sizes of:
- system partition
- used space in the system partition

Are there multiple image in your .wim file?

Win 7 enterprise takes approx. 10GB uncompressed with a default install, so if you installed a lot of things in addition, 10GB may be just normal.

Take a look at this article:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc507842.aspx
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