This short post not really about OSDCloud and his pretty. It’s about how an ISO image can be imported into WDS (Windows Deployment Services).
One of my OSDCloud customer has asked me, if the PXE (Preboot Execution Environment) could be supported for OSDCloud imaging. Sure, it can definitely.
The only one challenge, that we cannot import images into WDS in an ISO format. So, let’s convert it into a WIM format. This isn’t a kind of convert process –> let mount your ISO file and make a capture of it. Save it then in WIM format. Done.
You can use two different tools:
1. DISM.exe: Windows built-in
DISM /Capture-Image /ImageFile:E:\OSDCLoud_Akos.WIM /CaptureDir:F:\ /Name:OSDCLoud
Your ISO has been mounted in drive letter F: and will be captured aka. saved in E: root.
2. IMAGEX.exe: part of the ADK (Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit)
IMAGEX.exe /Capture H: E:\OSDCloud_Akos.WIM "OSDCloud"
Your ISO has been mounted in drive letter H: and will be captured aka. saved in E: root.
Both tool have to run in an elevated shell!
End of the day, the customer made the “standard” WDS setup and config, regarding all of DHCP options which are required. And after a PXE boot over the network, the OSDCloud.wim (!) file will be downloaded from the WDS server and it starts like after the USB boot.
–> End of the USB boot media era (at least for this customer). 😉