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The following options are available through the "Components" menu item.

Online Servers

An Online Server is a server where smartImager has been installed. At least one Online Server is required. The only requirements for adding an Online Server are the Name and Website Fields. To create a new Online Server 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

o   Name

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

o   Website

  • The URL of the smartImager console.
  • By default this would be located at http://<Your Server IP>/smartImager

o   Replace <Your Server IP> with the IP Address of you smartImager server

  • Compatibility

o   Choose any optional compatibilities you wish to apply

  • Information

o   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.

 

Disk Partitioning

Disk partitioning is used to set the partition table on the hard drive. A Disk Partitioning item can be used to set up to three partitions on any hard drive that is greater than 20 GB.

To create a new Disk Partitioning 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

o   Name

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

o   System Partition

  • Using the toggle, you can either have a hidden (System) partition created regardless of the BIOS type, or to have the System partition only created if UEFI is detected.

o   OS

  • You can optionally label the primary partition in this field.
  • Setup
  • Here you can determine the letter of the primary partition as well as the size of the primary partition. This partition is where the operating system will be installed during imaging.
  • You can specify the partition size in percentage, bytes, megabytes, gigabytes, or any remaining space available (*).

o   Data

  • You can optionally label the secondary (data) partition in this field.
  • Setup
  • Here you can determine the letter of the data partition as well as the size of the data partition.
  • You can specify the partition size in percentage, bytes, megabytes, gigabytes, or any remaining space available (*).

o   Minimum Size

  • A hard drive must be at least 20 GB or larger to be used for imaging.
  • Compatibility

o   Choose any optional compatibilities you wish to apply

  • Information

o   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.

 

Images

In this section 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

o   Name

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

o   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.

o   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.

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

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

o   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.

o   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

o   Choose any optional compatibilities you wish to apply

  • Information

o   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.

 

Naming Methods

The Naming Method menu allows smartImager to name the computer being imaged by:

1)    Prompting the user for a computer name

2)    Using a value in the computer’s BIOS for a name

3)    Looking up the name in a reference file

4)    Running a process to create the computer name

5)    Using the computers existing name prior to imaging

To create a new Naming Method 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

o   Name

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

o   Method

  • The method you wish to use to name the computer being imaged.

o   Validation

  • A regular expression to verify the computer name is valid against your naming convention.
  • By default the regular expression used is “^[A-Za-z0-9]{1}[A-Za-z0-9-_]{1,13}[^-_$]$”
  • The default regular expression checks the name to insure it is a valid name for Microsoft Windows operating systems’ naming convention.
  • Compatibility

o   Choose any optional compatibilities you wish to apply

  • Information

o   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.

 

Domains

The Domains menu item will allow you to join the imaged computer to a domain using the credentials you specify. The domain join process happens after the computer is imaged and all drivers and applications have been installed.

To create a new Domains 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

o   Name

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

o   Domain Name

  • The name of the domain you wish for the imaged computer to join.

o   Domain Controller (optional)

  • The domain controller you wish to specify to be used when joining the domain.

o   Organizational Unit

  • The X.500 directory specification using defined nodes in an LDAP directory.
  • Example: OU=Workstations,DC=SIRCKS,DC=COM

o   In the above example, imaged computers would be placed in the “Workstations” organizational unit, under the Sircks.com domain.

o   CN = Common Name, OU = Organizational Unit, DC = Domain Component.

o   User Name

  • The username credentials needed to join the domain.
  • Should be used in “domainusername” format.

o   Password

  • The password credentials needed to join the domain.

o   Upon Conflict

  • Allows you to set the default behavior if the domain already has an existing entry with the same computer name. The following options are available:
  • Create or Re-Use Computer Object
  • Skip Domain Joining and Continue
  • Halt Imaging Process
  • Compatibility

o   Choose any optional compatibilities you wish to apply

  • Information

o   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.

 

Drivers

The Drivers menu allows you to add or edit the drivers within your repository. You can use the Drivers menu to add drivers, or you can use the Driver Capture tool found under the Console menu. (Note: It is recommended to use the Driver Capture tool to collect all drivers first, and then use the Drivers menu to edit any drivers on an as-needed basis.)

To create a new Drivers 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

o   Name

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

o   Folder Name

  • The folder name the .inf file is located in for the specified driver.
  • Use the smartImager Universal Browser to browse for the specified folder name.
  • Note: All drivers must be located in the Driver Repository located by default at .Program FilesSirckssmartImagerRepositoriesDrivers.

o   Install Command (optional)

  • The command used to install the driver on the computer being imaged.
  • If an install command is not specified, the default installation will be used.

o   Retry

  • Allows you to specify if the system should reboot and retry the driver installation if the driver fails to install.

o   Cleanup

  • Allows you to specify if the installation files should be deleted after the driver installs.
  • Note: This will not remove the files needed from the Windows driver store.

o   Reboot

  • Allows you to set the behavior of the system after the driver installs. The options are:
  • Always (always reboots after installation of the driver)
  • Only Upon Error
  • Never

o   Exit Codes (optional)

  • Use this option to specify exit codes that, when returned after the driver installation, tell the system that the driver installed successfully.

o   Linked Devices (optional)

  • Allows you to specify Hardware Id’s (or Compatible Id’s) for the specified driver.
  • Example: PCIVEN_8086&DEV_1502&SUBSYS_1631103C&REV_04

o   The above example is for linking an Intel 82579 Gigabit Network adaptor to the specified driver. When smartImager queries the hardware and finds this specific hardware, it will use the driver specified.

  • Compatibility

o   Choose any optional compatibilities you wish to apply

  • Information

o   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.

 

Driver Packs

Driver Packs are groupings of drivers. Driver are generally grouped by computer model types into Driver Packs. By default, the Driver Capture tool will create Driver Packs for you based upon computer model. It is recommended that you use the Driver Capture tool to create your Driver Packs for you, and edit them as needed.

To create a new Driver Packs 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

o   Name

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

o   Compression

  • Specifies the level of compression used when storing or transporting the Driver Pack to the computer being imaged.
  • The higher the compression, the less bandwidth it will use as the file size will be smaller. However, higher compression does take longer for the client system to unpack and install.
  • The lower the compression, the larger the file, and the more bandwidth it will use when transporting to the client computer. However, lower compression usually results in faster unpacking and installing of Driver Packs.

o   Split Size

  • Allows you to set the maximum file size limit before splitting.
  • Drivers

o   The Drivers tab enables you to add or delete drivers from the Driver Pack.

  • Compatibility

o   Choose any optional compatibilities you wish to apply

  • Information

o   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.

 

Applications

The Applications menu is used to add or edit the applications you wish to install on a client computer during imaging.

To create a new Applications 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

o   Name

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

o   Folder Path

  • The path to the directory where the application installer is located.
  • Use the smartImager Universal Browser to browse for the specified directory.

o   Install Command (optional)

  • The command used to install the application on the computer being imaged.
  • Use the smartImager Universal Browser to locate the installation file, and to assist in the install command syntax.

o   Install Type

  • Specifies when the application should be installed using the following options:
  • Install During Imaging – After Sysprep (default behavior)
  • Install Before Imaging – In WinPE
  • Install After Imaging – After Domain Join

o   Retry

  • Allows you to specify if the system should reboot and retry the installation if the application fails to install.

o   Cleanup

  • Allows you to specify if the installation files should be deleted after the application installs.
  • Note: This will only remove the installation files.

o   Required

  • Specifies if this is a required application that must be installed in order to continue the imaging process.

o   Reboot

  • Allows you to set the behavior of the system after the application installs. The options are:
  • Always (always reboots after installation of the driver)
  • Only Upon Error
  • Never

o   Exit Codes (optional)

  • Use this option to specify exit codes that, when returned after the installation, tell the system that the application installed successfully.
  • Compatibility

o   Choose any optional compatibilities you wish to apply

  • Information

o   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.

 

Application Packs

Application Packs are groupings of applications or software titles. These groupings are generally designated by your environment’s specific needs. For instance, you may have an Application Pack that is named “Common Software”, which needed for all computers and an Application Pack named “Laptop Software” that contains software used only with laptops. You might even have an Application Pack named “Accounting Software” that is specifically for the accounting department.

In the above scenario, the “Common Software” Application Pack would contain software that all computers get. The “Laptop Software” Application Pack would only contain software that was needed for laptops. The “Accounting Software” Application Pack would only include software needed for computers which were designated for the accounting department.

It is a good idea to separate your software into Application Packs because only those Application Packs which are compatible with the computer you are imaging will be transferred to the client computer, saving both bandwidth as well as disk space.

For example: If you were deploying a desktop computer for the accounting department, it would receive the “Common Software” and “Accounting Software” Application Packs. It would not receive the “Laptop Software” Application Pack because it is a desktop computer. Therefore it would not need to be downloaded during imaging (given you have assigned the appropriate Compatibilities needed to differentiate the three example Application Packs).

Application Packs are only as flexible as the Compatibilities you decide to assign to them. Therefore be as granular as you need to be when creating and associating Compatibilities to Application Packs.

To create a new Application Packs 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

o   Name

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

o   Priority

  • High priority Application Packs are processed and installed first, followed by medium priority, and lastly low priority Application Packs are installed.

o   Compression

  • Specifies the level of compression used when storing or transporting the Application Pack to the computer being imaged.
  • The higher the compression, the less bandwidth it will use as the file size will be smaller. However, higher compression does take longer for the client system to unpack and install.
  • The lower the compression, the larger the file, and the more bandwidth it will use when transporting to the client computer. However, lower compression usually results in faster unpacking and installing of Application Packs.

o   Split Size

  • Allows you to set the maximum file size limit before splitting.
  • Applications

o   The Application tab enables you to add or delete applications from the Application Pack. Additionally you can order the applications in the sequence you wish them to be installed on the client computer.

  • Compatibility

o   Choose any optional compatibilities you wish to apply

  • Information

o   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.

Components menu items and configuration

The following options are available through the "Components" menu item.

Online Servers

An Online Server is a server where smartImager has been installed. At least one Online Server is required. The only requirements for adding an Online Server are the Name and Website Fields. To create a new Online Server 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

o   Name

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

o   Website

  • The URL of the smartImager console.
  • By default this would be located at http://<Your Server IP>/smartImager

o   Replace <Your Server IP> with the IP Address of you smartImager server

  • Compatibility

o   Choose any optional compatibilities you wish to apply

  • Information

o   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.

 

Disk Partitioning

Disk partitioning is used to set the partition table on the hard drive. A Disk Partitioning item can be used to set up to three partitions on any hard drive that is greater than 20 GB.

To create a new Disk Partitioning 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

o   Name

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

o   System Partition

  • Using the toggle, you can either have a hidden (System) partition created regardless of the BIOS type, or to have the System partition only created if UEFI is detected.

o   OS

  • You can optionally label the primary partition in this field.
  • Setup
  • Here you can determine the letter of the primary partition as well as the size of the primary partition. This partition is where the operating system will be installed during imaging.
  • You can specify the partition size in percentage, bytes, megabytes, gigabytes, or any remaining space available (*).

o   Data

  • You can optionally label the secondary (data) partition in this field.
  • Setup
  • Here you can determine the letter of the data partition as well as the size of the data partition.
  • You can specify the partition size in percentage, bytes, megabytes, gigabytes, or any remaining space available (*).

o   Minimum Size

  • A hard drive must be at least 20 GB or larger to be used for imaging.
  • Compatibility

o   Choose any optional compatibilities you wish to apply

  • Information

o   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.

 

Images

In this section 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

o   Name

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

o   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.

o   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.

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

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

o   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.

o   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

o   Choose any optional compatibilities you wish to apply

  • Information

o   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.

 

Naming Methods

The Naming Method menu allows smartImager to name the computer being imaged by:

1)    Prompting the user for a computer name

2)    Using a value in the computer’s BIOS for a name

3)    Looking up the name in a reference file

4)    Running a process to create the computer name

5)    Using the computers existing name prior to imaging

To create a new Naming Method 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

o   Name

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

o   Method

  • The method you wish to use to name the computer being imaged.

o   Validation

  • A regular expression to verify the computer name is valid against your naming convention.
  • By default the regular expression used is “^[A-Za-z0-9]{1}[A-Za-z0-9-_]{1,13}[^-_$]$”
  • The default regular expression checks the name to insure it is a valid name for Microsoft Windows operating systems’ naming convention.
  • Compatibility

o   Choose any optional compatibilities you wish to apply

  • Information

o   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.

 

Domains

The Domains menu item will allow you to join the imaged computer to a domain using the credentials you specify. The domain join process happens after the computer is imaged and all drivers and applications have been installed.

To create a new Domains 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

o   Name

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

o   Domain Name

  • The name of the domain you wish for the imaged computer to join.

o   Domain Controller (optional)

  • The domain controller you wish to specify to be used when joining the domain.

o   Organizational Unit

  • The X.500 directory specification using defined nodes in an LDAP directory.
  • Example: OU=Workstations,DC=SIRCKS,DC=COM

o   In the above example, imaged computers would be placed in the “Workstations” organizational unit, under the Sircks.com domain.

o   CN = Common Name, OU = Organizational Unit, DC = Domain Component.

o   User Name

  • The username credentials needed to join the domain.
  • Should be used in “domainusername” format.

o   Password

  • The password credentials needed to join the domain.

o   Upon Conflict

  • Allows you to set the default behavior if the domain already has an existing entry with the same computer name. The following options are available:
  • Create or Re-Use Computer Object
  • Skip Domain Joining and Continue
  • Halt Imaging Process
  • Compatibility

o   Choose any optional compatibilities you wish to apply

  • Information

o   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.

 

Drivers

The Drivers menu allows you to add or edit the drivers within your repository. You can use the Drivers menu to add drivers, or you can use the Driver Capture tool found under the Console menu. (Note: It is recommended to use the Driver Capture tool to collect all drivers first, and then use the Drivers menu to edit any drivers on an as-needed basis.)

To create a new Drivers 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

o   Name

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

o   Folder Name

  • The folder name the .inf file is located in for the specified driver.
  • Use the smartImager Universal Browser to browse for the specified folder name.
  • Note: All drivers must be located in the Driver Repository located by default at .Program FilesSirckssmartImagerRepositoriesDrivers.

o   Install Command (optional)

  • The command used to install the driver on the computer being imaged.
  • If an install command is not specified, the default installation will be used.

o   Retry

  • Allows you to specify if the system should reboot and retry the driver installation if the driver fails to install.

o   Cleanup

  • Allows you to specify if the installation files should be deleted after the driver installs.
  • Note: This will not remove the files needed from the Windows driver store.

o   Reboot

  • Allows you to set the behavior of the system after the driver installs. The options are:
  • Always (always reboots after installation of the driver)
  • Only Upon Error
  • Never

o   Exit Codes (optional)

  • Use this option to specify exit codes that, when returned after the driver installation, tell the system that the driver installed successfully.

o   Linked Devices (optional)

  • Allows you to specify Hardware Id’s (or Compatible Id’s) for the specified driver.
  • Example: PCIVEN_8086&DEV_1502&SUBSYS_1631103C&REV_04

o   The above example is for linking an Intel 82579 Gigabit Network adaptor to the specified driver. When smartImager queries the hardware and finds this specific hardware, it will use the driver specified.

  • Compatibility

o   Choose any optional compatibilities you wish to apply

  • Information

o   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.

 

Driver Packs

Driver Packs are groupings of drivers. Driver are generally grouped by computer model types into Driver Packs. By default, the Driver Capture tool will create Driver Packs for you based upon computer model. It is recommended that you use the Driver Capture tool to create your Driver Packs for you, and edit them as needed.

To create a new Driver Packs 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

o   Name

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

o   Compression

  • Specifies the level of compression used when storing or transporting the Driver Pack to the computer being imaged.
  • The higher the compression, the less bandwidth it will use as the file size will be smaller. However, higher compression does take longer for the client system to unpack and install.
  • The lower the compression, the larger the file, and the more bandwidth it will use when transporting to the client computer. However, lower compression usually results in faster unpacking and installing of Driver Packs.

o   Split Size

  • Allows you to set the maximum file size limit before splitting.
  • Drivers

o   The Drivers tab enables you to add or delete drivers from the Driver Pack.

  • Compatibility

o   Choose any optional compatibilities you wish to apply

  • Information

o   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.

 

Applications

The Applications menu is used to add or edit the applications you wish to install on a client computer during imaging.

To create a new Applications 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

o   Name

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

o   Folder Path

  • The path to the directory where the application installer is located.
  • Use the smartImager Universal Browser to browse for the specified directory.

o   Install Command (optional)

  • The command used to install the application on the computer being imaged.
  • Use the smartImager Universal Browser to locate the installation file, and to assist in the install command syntax.

o   Install Type

  • Specifies when the application should be installed using the following options:
  • Install During Imaging – After Sysprep (default behavior)
  • Install Before Imaging – In WinPE
  • Install After Imaging – After Domain Join

o   Retry

  • Allows you to specify if the system should reboot and retry the installation if the application fails to install.

o   Cleanup

  • Allows you to specify if the installation files should be deleted after the application installs.
  • Note: This will only remove the installation files.

o   Required

  • Specifies if this is a required application that must be installed in order to continue the imaging process.

o   Reboot

  • Allows you to set the behavior of the system after the application installs. The options are:
  • Always (always reboots after installation of the driver)
  • Only Upon Error
  • Never

o   Exit Codes (optional)

  • Use this option to specify exit codes that, when returned after the installation, tell the system that the application installed successfully.
  • Compatibility

o   Choose any optional compatibilities you wish to apply

  • Information

o   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.

 

Application Packs

Application Packs are groupings of applications or software titles. These groupings are generally designated by your environment’s specific needs. For instance, you may have an Application Pack that is named “Common Software”, which needed for all computers and an Application Pack named “Laptop Software” that contains software used only with laptops. You might even have an Application Pack named “Accounting Software” that is specifically for the accounting department.

In the above scenario, the “Common Software” Application Pack would contain software that all computers get. The “Laptop Software” Application Pack would only contain software that was needed for laptops. The “Accounting Software” Application Pack would only include software needed for computers which were designated for the accounting department.

It is a good idea to separate your software into Application Packs because only those Application Packs which are compatible with the computer you are imaging will be transferred to the client computer, saving both bandwidth as well as disk space.

For example: If you were deploying a desktop computer for the accounting department, it would receive the “Common Software” and “Accounting Software” Application Packs. It would not receive the “Laptop Software” Application Pack because it is a desktop computer. Therefore it would not need to be downloaded during imaging (given you have assigned the appropriate Compatibilities needed to differentiate the three example Application Packs).

Application Packs are only as flexible as the Compatibilities you decide to assign to them. Therefore be as granular as you need to be when creating and associating Compatibilities to Application Packs.

To create a new Application Packs 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

o   Name

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

o   Priority

  • High priority Application Packs are processed and installed first, followed by medium priority, and lastly low priority Application Packs are installed.

o   Compression

  • Specifies the level of compression used when storing or transporting the Application Pack to the computer being imaged.
  • The higher the compression, the less bandwidth it will use as the file size will be smaller. However, higher compression does take longer for the client system to unpack and install.
  • The lower the compression, the larger the file, and the more bandwidth it will use when transporting to the client computer. However, lower compression usually results in faster unpacking and installing of Application Packs.

o   Split Size

  • Allows you to set the maximum file size limit before splitting.
  • Applications

o   The Application tab enables you to add or delete applications from the Application Pack. Additionally you can order the applications in the sequence you wish them to be installed on the client computer.

  • Compatibility

o   Choose any optional compatibilities you wish to apply

  • Information

o   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.