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Re-imaging remotely

Posted on 2014-04-14
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I'm interested in setting up something like this for remote sites that we can't readily get to.

If there is an issue with the computer I'd like the user to be able to reboot, use a specific keystroke, and have a fresh installation of the OS and apps occur. Something similar to what you see a FedEx when you log off.

The image and data would, of course, be stored on a separate partition. Then when we have access we can push new images to the partition and overwrite the one there. SCCM/Altris to name a few are great solutions but we just don't have consistent access to these locations.

I'm not looking for specifically a third party solution, but that is a possibility, but would like to create something with readily availably tools/solutions. The OS is Windows and will not change for the foreseeable future.
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This software is one that is known to be good at doing what you describe:

http://www.faronics.com/products/deep-freeze/enterprise/
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Reminds me of CleanSlate. But I need to be able to add a new OS (Updated one) to that second partition and boot to it for update/changes.
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Hi,

It sounds like you want to have a hidden recovery partition, in which case all you need is the WAIK, a captured image of a machine and a custom WinRE boot menu.

To create WinRE look here:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/winre/archive/2006/12/12/creating-winre-using-waik.aspx
And a more recent TechNet article on WinRE here:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh825125.aspx

You need to think about licensing issues. If you have volume licensing + KMS it should be fine, but worth asking.

Mike
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Might work. I was looking for something that would allow me to easily update the 'target' image. I was thinking a Ghost image or Acronis residing on another partition and then have the remote user boot to that.

Thanks.
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