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Getting Started with Windows VDI by Andrew Fryer

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Microsoft deployment tools

There are all sorts of tools that can deploy a Windows OS to a desktop, but a lot of the older tools rely on capturing an image in binary form, which can't be tuned or modified. All three of Microsoft's deployment tools are file based and allow us to inject applications, patches, and user settings into deployments so that we can create and keep an updated library of resources that we can deploy Windows from at scale. These tools are as follows:

  • Disk Image & Service Management (DISM): This is a command-line tool included in the OS, which replaced ImageX in Windows 7 / Windows 2008. It can work on a running OS (in /Online mode) or on WIM files and VHDs. It has a lot of switches and is quite tricky to get working. DISM is ...

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