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Windows 7: Installing VHDs

09 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7 RTM x64
Installing VHDs

Is it possible to create a snapshot of a Windows 7 machine then deploy it via the network (using a PXE server) which will install as the computers BASE operating system? ... none of this Virtual business...

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09 Sep 2009   #2


That sound more like you need to grab the Windows 7 OEM installation Kit and build a deployable Win7 install.

I don't think you can do it via VHD (as in capture to VHD then deploy to live image) AFAIK.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 RTM x64

ahh right right, my only problem is that I would like to have software/configuration included in the image. I work in a school and am looking at a free alternative to deploying custom Windows 7 images.
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09 Sep 2009   #4


I think I mis-spoke - you'll need Download details: Windows® AIK for Windows® 7 instead.
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09 Sep 2009   #5


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I think you should take a look at that because it specifically states drivers, applications, settings, etc.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Sep 2009   #6

Windows 7 RTM x64

awesome, thanks for that johngalt. I'm reading up on all of it now as the boss has given me the 'go ahead'. Just confirming, we will be able to create and deploy our own custom images yeah?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Sep 2009   #7


Using that last one, absolutely - it is exactly what you wanted, according to what the product notes say...

I won't get a chance to play with it until Saturday....
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Sep 2009   #8

Windows 7 RTM x64

ah great thanks a lot. I'm having a play now and so far so good
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10 Sep 2009   #9


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