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Mastering vRealize Automation 6.2 by J. Powell

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Creating a WIM Blueprint

WIM Blueprints are great because they can tie into systems you may already have available, such as a Windows Deployment Services (WDS) or Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) server. However, from this point on, the Blueprints have many more components and, therefore, more potential for failure.

At a high level, WIM Blueprints work in this fashion:

  • VMware WinPE ISO is mounted and boots a small Windows 2008 R2 based Kernel.
  • This launches a command window that runs several VMware-specific batch scripts. These scripts request a DHCP address and try to connect back to your WIM location on the network via an encrypted network session.
  • The WinPE ISO executes diskpart to create the partition for the OS to be installed.
  • Finally, the ...

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