At the end of this video, the student will learn how to build and capture an operating system image, and then deploy it to a new computer. This allows a quick way to create a custom image for your company and have it installed automatically to the new PC.
- [Instructor] System Center Configuration Manager has the ability to push out an image to a new PC or virtual machine using the PXE environment, which is also known as the pre-execution environment. In order to prepare for that, we need to setup a boot image, and you can do that by doing a search for this TechNet article, mt627939. Once you've run through that procedure, it just takes a couple of minutes, we can go onto the next step, which is to deploy an image.
We are in our Configuration Manager in Software Library as you see selected in the lower left-hand side, and now we want to expand Operating Systems, and then Task Sequences. Now let's right-click on the Task Sequence and choose Create a Task Sequence, and we're going to choose the second option, Build and capture, and click Next. Now we'll give it a name. We'll just call it Windows 10, and we'll Browse to our Boot image, and you have the choice between 64 and x86, so we're going to go with the 64, because that's the one that we prepared.
Click Next, and now we're going to look for an image package. This is also one that was prepared during the previous steps mentioned in the TechNet article. The next step is the product key. Now if you're using a volume license, you can leave the key blank. If you're using a retail key, you can put that in, but in our case we're using a volume license, so we're going to go ahead and just leave the defaults, and we're going to choose to Enable an administrator account, and we're going to put in the same password we've been using, which is just password with a capital P and a zero so it meets the complexity requirements but is still easy to remember.
We also have the option to join a workgroup, or join a domain. We're going to join our domain, so go ahead and click on Browse, rather than filling it in, so that way, you don't have any typos. We'll click on our domain, and we'll click on our organizational unit, and choose Computers. Now we'll specify an account, and again Browse to that. Click Check Names, click OK, and once again type our same password we've been using, and click OK.
Now click Next, and we're going to choose the default package that shows up. Click Next, and we have the option to install updates, all software updates or mandatory software updates, so let's go ahead and choose the All software updates, and click Next. If you have a Windows Server Update Services server setup, then you can go ahead and choose to not install updates if you'd like. But this way we start out with the highest amount of security and drivers all ready to go for our new image.
Now we have the option to install an application. You can put an application such as Adobe Reader, or Chrome web browser, anything you'd like to do, and you can add it simply by clicking on the Add button here. In our case we did not prepare any software yet. We're going to do that in upcoming videos, so let's go ahead and click Next. Since there's no package, we can go ahead and skip past this. Specify the image properties Created by, which we're just going to leave the defaults here as administrator, and now we want to choose the Capture image settings, and Browse to that path.
This is basically a name you're going to create, so we're going to Browse, and we're going to create it in the default path where we have our other wim file. So it's going to create a new image file called Wind10.wim, and click Save. You can save it anywhere you want, but I Browse to that path just so I know where it is. It's easy to find. Once again, we're going to set our account. Click Browse. Any account with administrator access would do, and our same password.
Click OK, Next. Next, and now it's working on setting it up. We can see we have green all the way across so we are in good shape. We were able to complete the task sequence successfully. If we chose to, we could now deploy this new image to a collection. We're going to be creating collections in future upcoming videos, so we will then create a collection and do some software updates and other types of operating system pushes as well.
Operating system build and capture is a skill needed to automatically deploy custom operating system images to new PCs, and you can do that with System Center Configuration Manager.
- Upgrading SCCM from previous versions
- Installing SCCM
- Deploying operating systems
- Working with cloud services
- Configuring sites and security
- Deploying software packages and programs
- Managing application dependencies and supersedence
- Managing software updates
- Managing assets
- Monitoring with SCCM