How to capture an image using WDS

How to capture an image using WDSWDS or Windows Deployment Services is the new way of rolling out Windows Seven Desktop and Server 2000 images to machines. It is a neat way of managing your corporate "images" from one centralized location using Windows Deployment Services running on Windows Server 2008. Windows Deployment Services is the successor to the old Remote Installation Services (RIS). In this step by step article we will show you how to capture an image from a workstation using Window Deployment Services server running on Windows 2008 server, the workstation you are capturing an image of is assumed to have been Syspreped.

First we need to capture the boot.wim image from a Windows 7 or other machine. To do so, go to your WDS server and insert your Windows 7 CD

- Start Windows Deployment Services from the Start Menu

Start Windows Deployment Services from the Start Menu

- Right click the boot images node on your WDS server and then click on add boot image

Right click the Boot Images Node on the WDS Server and Click add

- Point to the image file location to the boot.wim file on your Windows7 install cd

 Point to the Boot.wim file on the CD

- Provide an image name and description and click next

Provide an Image Name and Description

- Check the Summary screen and click next

Check the summary screen and hit next