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This document is intended to assist LANDesk Management Suite administrators in

capturing a syspreped image of a Windows 8.1 computer with a Provisioning


template using IMAGEW.EXE v2 for use with LANDesk Provisioning.

This document covers the steps necessary to capture a Windows 8.1 image using
IMAGEW.EXE v2 to be used with LANDesk Provisioning. It also contains a quick
reference guide for experienced LANDesk administrators that just need a reminder
of the steps required for capturing the image.

This document is written with the expectation that the LANDesk Core Server has
been installed and activated.

This section contains the steps required to capture a syspreped image of Windows
8.1 using IMAGEW.EXE v2 with a provisioning template. It is intended to be used
by experienced LANDesk administrators as a reference and does not go into detail
on the process. The details will be covered later in this document. Following are
the steps required to capture the image:
1. Create a provisioning template to capture the Windows 8.1 image.
2. Install PXE Representative.
3. Prepare the Windows 8.1 computer for capturing the image.
4. Run SYSPREP.EXE to prepare the image for capturing.
5. Add a Bare Metal Server entry for the computer to capture the image.
6. Create a scheduled task for the capture template targeted to the Bare Metal
Server entry and start it.
7. Network boot the Windows 8.1 computer to capture the image.

1. Open the Operating system provisioning tool in the LANDesk Console by


selecting Tools | Distribution | OS Provisioning.

2. In the Operating system provisioning tool, click on the All my templates


folder.
3. Click New Template and select the Capture Template option.

4. Enter a name for the template.


5. Enter a description for the template which is optional.
6. Select LANDESK ImageW V2 for the Image Type.
7. Enter the UNC path including the filename to the location that the image will
be saved. The file extension will be .TBI.
8. If the Image share specified does not exist, you will need to create it before
capturing the image. You will also need to setup a preferred server for the
computer that contains the image share if it has not already been done. For help
with configuring the preferred server, reference this Community article.
9. Click Create.

10. The template created will show up in the Operating system provisioning tool
under All my templates.

If PXE representatives have not already been installed, install a PXE


Representative on the subnet where the Windows 8.1 computer is located.
Instructions for installing a PXE Representative is in the LANDesk Console help
(F1) in the section titled "Deploy a PXE Representative". A PXE representative
can be installed on any computer that has the LANDesk Agent installed.

1. Install Windows 8.1 on a computer or get a computer that already has Windows
8.1 installed.
Note: Install the OS to the smallest partition possible so that the image can be
deployed to as many different hard drive sizes in the environment as possible.
IMAGEW.EXE captures all partitioned space.
2. After the OS is installed, configure the OS with any Company requirements.
3. Install OS patches that are currently available as this will save you time in
the long run by not having to install them on multiple computers after the image
is deployed.
4. Install all applications that are common to all users in the Company that this
image will be deployed for their use.
Note: Do not install the LANDesk agent on the computer. The agent will be
installed after the image is deployed.

SYSPREP.EXE is located in the Windows\System32\Sysprep directory on the Windows


8.1 computer.
In 9.6, the computer can be syspreped in Audit Mode without the Generalize box
checked or it can be syspreped in OOBE mode with the Generalize box checked.

Select the options for sysprep and click OK to run it. When sysprep is finished,
the computer will shut down.
Note: Make sure the computer does not boot into the OS until after the image is
captured or you will have to run sysprep again.

1. In the LANDesk Console, expand Configuration.


2. Right-click Bare Metal Server and select Add Devices.

3. In the Add a bare metal server window, select MAC address from the Identifier
type drop-down list.
4. Click the Add button.

5. In the Bare Metal Server window, enter the Computer Name in the Name box. Name
it whatever you want because the name does not matter for the capture.
6. Make sure the Identifier type has MAC address, enter the MAC address for the
computer in the Identifier box.
7. Click the Add button.

8. The MAC address will show up in Server identifiers. Click OK.

9. The computer added will now show up in the Add a bare metal server window.
10.

Click OK.

11. The computer added will show up in the LANDesk Console in the Configuration |
Bare Metal Server folder after the LANDesk Inventory service processes it.

1. Drag and drop the Bare Metal device on the Capture template that was created
previously.

2. Click Save.

3. Right-click the task created in the Scheduled tasks tool and select Start now
| All.

4. Expand the task and click on All devices under the task.
5. Verify that the task Status is Waiting.

1. Network boot the computer. Refer to the computers documentation if you need
help with how to do a Network Boot on the computer.

2. Wait for WINPE to load on the computer. The IP address listed is the IP
address of the PXE representative that the computer is loading WINPE from which
is useful for troubleshooting.

3. WINPE is initializing to run the template.

4. The provisioning template is running.

5. IMAGEW.EXE is running and capturing the image.

6. When IMAGEW.EXE finishes capturing the image, it will report a success or


failure. Hopefully, it is successful as shown in the screenshot above.

The

template progress window will only remain for a short time before closing. Check
the status in the Scheduled task to verify that it was successful.

6. When the template is done, the computer will remain in WINPE. At this point,
you can reboot the computer.

The steps outlined in this document provide the user with the information
required to capture a Windows 8.1 image using IMAGEW.EXE v2 for use with LANDesk
Provisioning.

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