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KACE Systems Deployment Appliance 8.2 Common Documents - Administrator Guide

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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. If you want to make changes to the contents of the unattend.xml that is created using this configuration, you can do so in the XML field.
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.

Best practices for creating Windows system images

Best practices for creating Windows system images

This topic provides information about KACE-recommended best practices for creating a Windows Golden System Image.

Audit the appliance before beginning

Start fresh

Configure the workstation

The following KB articles are recommended best practice methods for creating the base OS installation for System Image capture. If using a Legacy enabled BIOS, use the Single Partition Golden Image KB. If the BIOS is in UEFI mode, use the UEFI KB. Kace highly recommends minimal partitions on your base OS.

If not following the above KB articles, use the following guidelines:

If the image is captured in WIM format, keep at least 60% of the drive space on each partition as free/available.

Sysprep, capture and deployment guidelines

Sysprep

If you configured a "default" account, ensure to set it to True in the unattend.xml file. The sysprep creator wizard has an option to copy the current profile to the default profile.
When running sysprep by command line and not the Sysprep Creator/Executor, use the /generalize, /oobe, /shutdown, and the /unattend switches.

Capture

Deploy

Post-installation tasks

Use cscript with VB scripts. For example: cscript myscript.vbs
For .msi deployments, use the install switch last. For example: msiexec /qn /norestart /i agent.msi
Use CLONEPREP=1 on the .msi Agent install if it is not intended to have the Agent to -check in, and create a KUID until the next reboot. For example: msiexec /i agent.msi HOST=blah CLONEPREP=1
Use the start /wait command when deploying software through appliance post-installation tasks.
Use call when using .bat scripts in application tasks. For example: call myscript.bat

Capturing user states

The appliance uses the Windows User State Migration Tool (USMT) to migrate user profiles by running the USMT Scan State and Load State utilities. Before scanning devices for user states, you can configure the USMT Scan Templates that set the Scan State utility parameters and enable you to specify which data to migrate and which data to exclude from the capture. You can upload and install the USMT from the appliance or from the KACE Media Manager.

The USMT Scan State utility (Scanstate.exe) scans a device for data, and captures the information in a .mig file. The USMT Load State utility (Loadstate.exe) installs the data and settings from the .mig file on to a destination or target device. The Load State utility also enables you to migrate users states to devices manually.

Scan User States Offline: You can use the Scan User State Offline pre-installation task to scan user states from any device and upload the user state to the appliance.

Deploy User States: You can use the Deploy User States post-installation task to deploy the user states to target devices.

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