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Windows 7: Windows 7 .img file

11 May 2013   #1
doglover129

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Windows 7 .img file

Is there a way I can create a windows 7 .img file that a computer can load from a PXE on that would not require windows 7 to be installed? I have seen this done through citrix type programs but I can not figure out how to do this. Thanks


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11 May 2013   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

If you'd fill us in a bit more on why you want to do this we can help you better.

Also why is installing Win7 normally not an option for you?
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11 May 2013   #3
doglover129

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Its not that I don't want to install it, in fact, the computers I am setting this up for already have Windows 7 installed. I want to switch to virtual desktop for manageability issues. I am looking into Citrix but I am broke so I decided to take on the task of doing this my self... Self explanatory how that turned out. Does anyone happen to know if there is a way I can set up a virtual PXE boot system that will not require a hard disk installation? If I have to use Citrix and pay for it, that is okay I guess but I would prefer to figure this out.
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11 May 2013   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

So freeware like Virtual Box, VMWare or Virtual Player would not work for this?

Just askin.
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11 May 2013   #5
doglover129

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
So freeware like Virtual Box, VMWare or Virtual Player would not work for this?

Just askin.
Well, if so, I have no clue how to set this up. I know that I can use Virtual Box, VMWare, and Virtual Player to set up virtual machines that can run inside of my desktop, but can I send it through a PXE server? And if so, do you know how or have a link to a website that can show me?
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11 May 2013   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

I'll ask Rayda (2xg) from our Networking forum to look at this. Someone here should know if we can find them.
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11 May 2013   #7
doglover129

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I'll ask Rayda (2xg) from our Networking forum to look at this. Someone here should know if we can find them.
Thank you
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11 May 2013   #8
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

doglover129

See if this will help

Link : Setting a VMware Workstation to PXE Boot | Chron.com
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12 May 2013   #9
doglover129

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VistaKing View Post
doglover129

See if this will help

Link : Setting a VMware Workstation to PXE Boot | Chron.com
Thanks, but to be clear, I don't want the virtual machine to boot, I want virtual box or VMware to be the host of the operating system. Can I do that?
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12 May 2013   #10
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

You want the VMware to hold the .img file and have other PCs to connect to it and install Windows from that ?
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