kjstech Posted July 12, 2013 Report Share Posted July 12, 2013 I want to try SmartDeploy so I downloaded the 15 day trial. I already have a base Windows 7 64-bit image with all the programs and customization we use in my VMWare Workstation 9 virtual machine. What I normally do is when it needs updates I revert it to a snapshot called before sysprep. I do my updates, reboots, etc.. then when done delete any snapshots and create a new one again called before sysprep. Then I run a cmd file I have on the C: drive that runs sysprep along with our unattend.xml. When the VM shuts down I then boot it but go into network boot and choose WDS capture from our network boot menu (we have 3 options currently Acronis True Image, Windows 7 WDS Setup and WDS capture). Paging through the wizzard this creates the capture which I name it. To deploy to a machine, I just make it network boot and choose the Windows 7 WDS setup and after I choose my image, it auto partitions the drive, installs it and everything (another image-unattend.xml file in the WDS server). This works great and I don't see an issue with it at all. But I came across this product and interested to see if its any better, I just can't get the trial to work. First off the Capture wizard can't seem to see my vmdk file on my virtual machine. Well I'm thinking its because its a split disk, but split disks are better, see here: http://sanbarrow.com/vmdk/monlithicversussplit.html So I boot my VM into Acronis TrueImage and take an image of it. I then create a new VM with a single disk file and restore that image to it. So I can create an image from this but then how do I restore it to another machine? I booted up a dell optiplex 755 to a usb boot media I created with Smart Deploy, and I was able to map a drive to my computer and find the wim image file. However it said that it couldn't deploy the image because it was too big? The drive in the Dell is 250GB and the WIM file was 8.17 GB. So I can't really see any benefits to using this over WDS. 1. WDS works 2. WDS doesn't require any boot media (just boot from network to capture or deploy). 3. I can provide my own answer files to WDS for unattended install. So tell me what am I doing wrong here? I don't see why I need this product? I have my driver packs already loaded in WDS and they load fine. We use all Dell Optiplex series. I got my dell driver files from here: http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/enterprise-client/w/wiki/2065.dell-driver-cab-files-for-enterprise-client-os-deployment.aspx Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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