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Adding a Windows Image (.wim)

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Adding Images to Deloy Windows

From the Components | Images menu, you add the images you will use for deployment.  An image is a Windows operating system .wim.  A .wim file and can either be captured from a client PC you have configured using ImageX or DISM, or you can use the install.wim (recommended) located on your Microsoft Windows installation media.  This file is located in the “sources” folder in the root of the Microsoft Windows installation media or ISO.

It is recommended you place your .wim image files in your Images repository for storage.  This is located by default on your server at .Program FilesSirckssmartImagerRepostoriesImages.

To create a new Image item, click the Create link (in full screen mode) or the + (plus sign icon – displayed when the browser window is less than 768px wide).

  • Settings

    • Name

      • This field is required. This is any value you wish to enter as a reference for identification of the item.

    • Image File

      • The full path to your .wim image file.

        • You can browse for the .wim image file using the smartImager Universal Browser by clicking the magnifying glass icon.

    • Image Index

      • The index number of the .wim file you wish to deploy.

        • If you are using the .wim image file from your Windows media or ISO, the index number is 1, as there is only 1 index on this file.

          • The exception for this rule is Microsoft licensees which have access all Microsoft Windows editions in a single ISO.

          • Using the DISM /Get-WimInfo command will give you information about your .wim file and indexes.

    • Configuration File

      • The configuration file is your unattend.xml file needed for configuring Microsoft Windows.

      • smartImager comes with 4 pre-packaged unattend.xml files (two for Windows 7 and two for Windows 8). These are located in your .Program FilesSirckssmartImagerRepostoriesUnattend directory. You may need to edit these files to include items such as product keys, company information, local administrator password, etc.

        • The <ComputerName> tag in your unattend.xml file must the value of %ASSETTAGREPLACE% for smartImager to correctly name the computer for you during imaging.

    • Split Size

      • smartImager will automatically split your .wim image files into file sizes no larger than 4 GB. The Split Size field allows you to set the maximum size limit before splitting.

  • Compatibility

    • Choose any optional compatibilities you wish to apply

  • Information

    • The information tab is used to display information about your settings.

      • ID: The GUID used to reference the item in the database.

      • Created: When the item was created and by whom.

      • Modified: When the item was last modified and by whom.

      • Locked: The last session used to edit the item and by whom.

        • If an item setting is locked it is currently being edited in another session. You can unlock the item if you see the “Unlock” button in the Information tab. The other session editing the item will then be informed that their session could not change settings upon clicking the “Save” button.

      • Item Type / Item

        • If this item is being referenced by other items, the referring item(s) will be listed here.

Adding a Windows Image (.wim)

Adding Images to Deloy Windows

From the Components | Images menu, you add the images you will use for deployment.  An image is a Windows operating system .wim.  A .wim file and can either be captured from a client PC you have configured using ImageX or DISM, or you can use the install.wim (recommended) located on your Microsoft Windows installation media.  This file is located in the “sources” folder in the root of the Microsoft Windows installation media or ISO.

It is recommended you place your .wim image files in your Images repository for storage.  This is located by default on your server at .Program FilesSirckssmartImagerRepostoriesImages.

To create a new Image item, click the Create link (in full screen mode) or the + (plus sign icon – displayed when the browser window is less than 768px wide).

  • Settings

    • Name

      • This field is required. This is any value you wish to enter as a reference for identification of the item.

    • Image File

      • The full path to your .wim image file.

        • You can browse for the .wim image file using the smartImager Universal Browser by clicking the magnifying glass icon.

    • Image Index

      • The index number of the .wim file you wish to deploy.

        • If you are using the .wim image file from your Windows media or ISO, the index number is 1, as there is only 1 index on this file.

          • The exception for this rule is Microsoft licensees which have access all Microsoft Windows editions in a single ISO.

          • Using the DISM /Get-WimInfo command will give you information about your .wim file and indexes.

    • Configuration File

      • The configuration file is your unattend.xml file needed for configuring Microsoft Windows.

      • smartImager comes with 4 pre-packaged unattend.xml files (two for Windows 7 and two for Windows 8). These are located in your .Program FilesSirckssmartImagerRepostoriesUnattend directory. You may need to edit these files to include items such as product keys, company information, local administrator password, etc.

        • The <ComputerName> tag in your unattend.xml file must the value of %ASSETTAGREPLACE% for smartImager to correctly name the computer for you during imaging.

    • Split Size

      • smartImager will automatically split your .wim image files into file sizes no larger than 4 GB. The Split Size field allows you to set the maximum size limit before splitting.

  • Compatibility

    • Choose any optional compatibilities you wish to apply

  • Information

    • The information tab is used to display information about your settings.

      • ID: The GUID used to reference the item in the database.

      • Created: When the item was created and by whom.

      • Modified: When the item was last modified and by whom.

      • Locked: The last session used to edit the item and by whom.

        • If an item setting is locked it is currently being edited in another session. You can unlock the item if you see the “Unlock” button in the Information tab. The other session editing the item will then be informed that their session could not change settings upon clicking the “Save” button.

      • Item Type / Item

        • If this item is being referenced by other items, the referring item(s) will be listed here.