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KACE Systems Deployment Appliance 8.1 Common Documents - Administrator Guide

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Import WIM images

Import WIM images

You can import an existing WIM image to your collection of system images on the appliance. This allows you to manage system images created by a third-party vendor.

To import a WIM image, place a copy of the image file to the appliance's Samba clientdrop share.

During a WIM image import, you must specify its OS architecture. The appliance detects if the imported image is sysprepped or not.

NOTE: When the appliance starts importing a system image, if it detects an unattend file, it flags the image as sysprepped. If the image does not include that file, the appliance flags it as not being sysprepped.

This feature is available on the KACE Systems Deployment Appliance and the Remote Site Appliance (RSA).

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Deployments, then click System Images to display the Systems Images page.
2.
Select Choose Action > Import to display the System Image Import page.

Option

Description

Image Name

Type the name that you want to assign to this system image.

Operating System

Select the OS architecture used by the WIM image.

Wim File

Select the name of the WIM image file on the Samba clientdrop share.

4.
Click Import.
The System Image Import page closes and the System Images list page refreshes, showing the newly imported WIM image in the list. In the row containing the imported image, the Status column indicates the state of the import operation.
5.
Optional. When the import is complete, observe the imported image details, and make any changes, as required.
a.
On theSystem Images page, in the row containing the imported image, click the Name column to display the System Image Details page.
c.
To download the WIM image, in the Wim Management section, in the row containing the partition that you want to download, Actions column, click the Download icon. In the dialog box that appears, specify the name to give to the WIM file. Then click Save.
NOTE: Like the original WIM image, the replacement image must also be stored in the Samba clientdrop share of the associated KACE Systems Deployment Appliance or RSA, in order to be accessible.
To do that, also in the row containing the partition that you want to replace, in the Actions column, click the Replace icon. In the dialog box that appears, select the desired image file, and click Replace.
The System Image Details page closes and the System Images list page refreshes, indicating that the WIM image is being replaced in the row containing the imported image, in the Status column.
The contents of the log appear on the page. Use this information to find out whether the image was captured on the appliance or imported from the clientdrop share, who and when imported the image, or whether the image was replaced and by which user. If the image consists of multiple partitions, the log shows any operations performed on the specific partitions.

Managing answer files for Sysprepped images

Managing answer files for Sysprepped images

The appliance allows you to create and manage answer files for Sysprepped Windows images.

Sysprep (System Preparation) is a Microsoft tool for capturing OS images. It removes device-specific information from a Windows installation, allowing it to be deployed to other target devices.

NOTE: You can access this tool by clicking the Sysprep Creator Wizard link on the Library Overview page.

System administrators typically use answer files (unattend.xml) to fully automate the configuration and deployment of Windows systems. Each answer file contains a set of pre-defined values required by Windows system installation, eliminating the need for user interaction during the installation.

Create answer files for Sysprepped images

Create answer files for Sysprepped images

The Sysprep Creator Wizard guides you through the steps to create an answer file for Sysprepping an image.

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Library to expand the section, then click Sysprep Unattend Files to display the Sysprep Unattend Files page.
2.
Select Choose Action > Sysprep Creator Wizard.
3.
In the Sysprep Creator Wizard that appears, on the System Information page, complete the following steps:

Option

Description

Name

The name of the unattend.xml file configuration. The name you provide here identifies this configuration on the Sysprep Unattend Files page.

Operating System

The target operating system.

Architecture

The operating system architecture.

b.
Click Next.
4.
On the Configuration page, complete the following steps:

Option

Description

Registration Data

Owner

The name of the user for which the operating system is installed.

Organization

The name of the organization to which the operating system is licensed.

General Settings

Time Zone

The time zone where the system is used.

Location

The country where the system is used.

Primary Language

The language the operating system uses.

Fallback Language

The fallback language of the operating system, in case the selected language is not available.

Local Administrator Account

Username

The name of the local administrator's account for this system.

Password

The administrator user's password.

Enable the built-in Administrator Account

Select this option if you want to enable the built-in Administrator account on the target system. This is useful if you want to run or install programs and apps on the target system before a user account is created.

Number of times to auto-login

Specify the number of times the system automatically logs in to the account defined in the Networking area.

Networking

Join a workgroup

Select this option if you want the target system to join a specific work group, and in the Workgroup Name field, specify the name of the group.

Join a domain

Select this option if you want the target system to join a specific domain, and provide the following information:

Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN): The fully qualified domain name.
Credentials to join the domain: Specify the Username and Password for accessing this domain.
b.
Click Next.
5.
On the Windows Setting page, complete the following steps:

Section

Description

Out of Box Experience

Use this section to provide the Windows Out-Of-Box Experience (OOBE) settings, as required. For example, you can select the size of icon, disable automatic daylight savings, or hide wireless setup. For complete information about these settings, see your Windows documentation.

Windows Activation

Specify the Windows system settings, such as if and when to install Windows updates, replicate the profile of the user running Sysprep, or disable User Access Control (UAC). For details, see your Windows documentation.

b.
Click Next.
6.
On the Miscellaneous Setting page, complete the following steps:

Option

Description

Internet Explorer Options

Enable IE Options

Select if you want to enable Internet Explorer options and provide the related settings that appear, such as whether to block pop-ups or disable the First Run wizard.

OEM Information

Enable OEM Information

Select if you want to specify OEM options and provide the related settings that appear, such as the manufacturer name or device model.

Taskbar Links

Enable Taskbar Links

Select if you want to specify links on the Windows taskbar, provide the related links.

Advanced Options

Enable Advanced Options

Select if you want to enable advanced Windows options such as whether to Persist all installed Plug and Play devices, or to Reset activation grace-period timer.

b.
Click Save.
Your configuration for creating answer files for Sysprepped images is complete. The Sysprep Creator Wizard closes and the Sysprep Creator Wizard Options page appears.
7.
Review the options listed on the Sysprep Creator Wizard Options page, and make a selection, as applicable.
View Sysprep Unattend File Detail: Click to see the contents of the unattend.xml file that can be generated using your newly created configuration. The Sysprep Unattend File Detail page appears, showing the unattend.xml file details. For more information about this page, see View and edit answer file configurations.
View Sysprep Unattend Files List: Click to see the Sysprep Unattend Files list page. This page shows all configurations defined on the appliance that can be used to generate Sysprepped unattend.xml files.
Download Unattend File: Click to download the unattend.xml file generated using this newly created configuration.
Download Unattend File with Sysprep Executor: Click to download the unattend.xml file generated using this newly created configuration, together with the KACE Sysprep Executor.
Download Sysprep Executor: Click to download the KACE Sysprep Executor.

View and edit answer file configurations

View and edit answer file configurations

The Sysprep Unattend Files page lists all answer file configurations defined on the appliance that can be used to generate Sysprepped files. From here, you can open a specific answer file configuration, and review and edit the relevant details on the Sysprep Unattend File Detail page.

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Library to expand the section, then click Sysprep Unattend Files to display the Sysprep Unattend Files page.
2.
On the Sysprep Unattend Files page, in the Name column, click a configuration name.
The Sysprep Unattend File Detail page appears.
3.
Review the contents of the Sysprep Unattend File Detail page.
4.
Use the Notes field to provide any specific information about this configuration.
5.
Optional. You can copy the contents of the unattend.xml that is created using this configuration. To do that, click the XML field.
A Copied message appears under this field to indicate that the contents are successfully copied.
Download Unattend File: Click to download the unattend.xml file generated using this newly created configuration.
Download Unattend File with Sysprep Executor: Click to download the unattend.xml file generated using this newly created configuration, together with the KACE Sysprep Executor.
Download Sysprep Executor: Click to download the KACE Sysprep Executor.
7.
Click Save.
The Sysprep Unattend File Detail page closes and theSysprep Unattend Files page appears, listing all answer file configurations.
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