Creating a Prestaged image using Configuration Manager 2012 R2
As of late I have started to see more and more organizations take advantage of providing an image to the organizations hardware vendor to save time in deploying the image out to their systems. The goal is to have the image already on the systems so that when the systems arrive on site at the organization, they will just continue with the task sequence.
This post will walk through the steps to .wim file that can be applied to a bare-metal system either on site or from your hardware vendor. The post will then show the continuation of the process once the system is on site.
Create the prestaged media
Browse to the Software Library and expand Operating Systems. Right click Task Sequences and select Create Task Sequence Media.
The Create Task Sequence Media Wizard window will open.
Select Prestaged media and click Next.
Select how media finds a management point. In this example I chose Dynamic media. Click Next.
Specify the information for the media file. Click Next
Select the security settings for the media. In this example my lab is running with certificates.
Browse for the task sequence. The selected task sequence will reference content.
Select the boot image to be used.
Note: This must be the same boot image as referenced in the task sequence above.
Select the image package that will be applied as part of the prestage wim.
If any applications are needed, select those.
Select content packages to add.
If you are using driver packages, select those.
Specify the distribution point(s) for the media.
Customize the task sequence media
Confirm the settings
Importing the prestaged image into Configuration Manager
Browse to Software Library expand Operating Systems and right click Operating system Images. Select Add Operating System image.
Browse to the path of the .wim file created in the previous steps. Click Next.
Provide the details and click Next.
Review the summary and click Next.
Deploy this image to your distribution points.
Creating a Task Sequence to deploy the prestaged image to a computer
Since I do not have a hardware vendor for my lab, and everything is virtualized, I am providing the steps I used to apply the In this section I am providing the steps I used to apply the wim image similar to how it would be applied to a bare-metal system.
I have created three tasks. First we need to format and partition the disk.
Next we need to apply the prestage wim file.
Lastly we want to shutdown the winPE.
Staging a system with the prestage image
Now that we have the task sequence ready, boot up the virtual machine and select the Prestage task sequence.
The Task Sequence will begin to apply the wim. When the Task Sequence has completed, the system will power off.
Continuing the image post prestage
Now that we have the prestage image applied to our system, we can power up the system. The system will load into the boot environment. Select the Task sequence for continuing the imaging process.
Note: My windows 7 x64 Enterprise Task Sequence was created using the MDT 2013 integration.
The process will continue to finish applying the needed settings.
Once it is completed, you should be at the CTRL + ALT + DELETE screen.