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Configuring Windows Deployment Services

When Configuring WDS, I have seen some scenarios where Administrators create an Install Image and Boot Image  then Capture Image from Boot Image and some scenarios they create a Boot Image only the capture Image from it.
1 - What s the difference between each scenario ?

Then when they PXE Boot the reference image (Windows 8), it shows up 2 options:
- the name of the Boot image
- the name of the capture image.

Adminstrators usually choose the Capture image. I wonder if the select the Boot Image, 2 -what would differently happen from the capture image. ?

3- I also would like to know if the reference machine has 2 partitions C: and D: would this be able to be deployed to the machines created in the future based on the reference machine ?

4 - after setting uo the reference image, then you want to deploy that image to other computers (bare metal), how would you do that?

Thank you
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yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
I would recommend  downloading MDT (Microsoft Deployment Toolbench)
This helps you with customizing your image by allowing you to build a task sequence to have an almost zero touch deployment.

One of the task you can create is a C:\ and D:\ partition to meet you needs.

It is free from MS.
Daniel HelgenbergerCommented:

please elaborate more about this part:
... some scenarios they create a Boot Image only the capture Image from it.

My expertise is for WW2008r2, but I do not think things changed that much;
1. You basically have two kinds of images: Boot and Install images. As the name says, boot images are boot to and provide the runtime environment to install these install images.

2. A capture image is created from a boot image. This image boots into a special environment witch allows windows disks which were 'sysprep'ed to be captured, converted into an install image and uploaded to the WDS server.

3. I think the administrators you mention usually choose the capture image from the PXE menu because they automated deployment entirely - this is called unattended installation.  To sysprep a windows installation and then capture is a manual process, however. If the administrator choose the install image, he/she would do the steps normally done by WDS in conjunction with the unattended installation method. This would be perfectly fine, but maybe in your environment far less common.

4. If normally the sysprep would only capture 'C:' partition. However, it is possible to do capture several partitions. These would be restored then. But the deploy would require you to set this up with the unattended.xml and could only be done with the unattended deployment method to my knowledge (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc749524(WS.10).aspx)
jskfanAuthor Commented:
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