deploy windows 8.1 capture to multiple machines using USB

Posted on 2014-08-04
Last Modified: 2014-08-05

We updated a windows 8.1 machine, added standard software, captured the image to C: using sysprep, and uploaded it to the wds in the process. What we have found though is that the network doesn't have the bandwidth to support imaging the machines in a timely manner (takes forever).

Our question: How do we take the existing capture from C: of the configured machine, add it to a USB drive and then use the usb to image the other 16 machines.

Question by:sio2y
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    by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
    did you enable multi-cast and does your network support multi-cast?  It should take about 20 minutes ... you could rename the capture.wim to install.wim and place it in the sources folder.

    Author Comment

    Hi and thanks.

    Yes multicast was enabled which slowed it down even more. It really is a a transmission issue on the network (20 min would be great... heck an hour would be worth it), we're not going to fight it.

    At this point I've created and tested a bootable USB using ADK for windows 8.1. Instructions found here:

    There is already a captured sysprep image which we would like to know how to add that to the bootable usb for deployment.  

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    if you want you can use dism and apply the .wim file or as I said copy the capture.wim and oversight the install.wim on your bootable usb

    Author Comment

    Great - i'll have access to the machine tomorrow morning but to clarify - I can just change capture.wim to install.wim and copy it to the sources folder and then deploy to the other machines - correct?

    That sounds pretty easy and would be great.


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