Capturing .wim image on VM

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
July 8, 2010 at 06:32:52
Specs: Windows XP SP3
We have been using an old unicore physical pc to capture our workstation image for awhile and we have come across an issue with deploying the image onto multicore pc's that only 1 CPU is used.

I've read through some forums and people advise using VM's to capture the image and I'd love to but can't boot off a USB to use imagex.

How do you capture the image on a VM?

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July 8, 2010 at 08:48:53
Not sure what you are asking but you Disk Image your computer to CD,DVD, or External HDD then you boot your VM off of a system disk and restore the image to your VM.

"can't boot off a USB to use imagex"

Some VMs do not support USB. You need to share your USB drive and (if windows) use NET USE to mount the shared drive. Don't forget to setup your VMs NIC so it can see the network. What are you using for your VM?

As for booting you need to make a system disk (CD) to boot from. Do you have any systems ISOs inwhich you can make a systems disk from? If you have Windows 7 you can make systems disk from it. (One of the best features they ever added to Windows 7) If not then download an ISO or if you have your Windows XP disk you could boot off of it.

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July 8, 2010 at 10:45:15
Sorry I should of explained myself better. I am using VMware workstation. I have installed XP in the guest VM and set it up as needed. Now I need to capture that image using imagex to .wim.

Usually on a physical machine I boot off a USB key which contains bartPE and imagex. Unfortunately VMware can't boot off USB so tried creating a .iso containing the USB files and tried to run the .iso as a CD in the boot menu but it just skips it and boots windows.

Any ideas?

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July 8, 2010 at 11:14:06
"USB key"

Is this a Flash Drive or a Pen Drive?

Like I said, you will need to share the drive once it is mounted then boot your VM and Map the Network Share to a drive letter. Then copy the file to your VM Hard Drive and reboot with your Image System disk and restore the Image from the VM HDD. This is how I have done it on VMs that do not support USB.

You may have to create a second partition on your VM Hard drive so you can put the image on the second Partition so you are restoring an image to the same drive the image file is on.

That said, I thought VMware supported USB. See if this helps...

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July 8, 2010 at 12:16:34
It's a kingston 4GB USB.

I can connect the USB and VMware recognises its connected but VMware boot menu does not give the option for USB (once the OS is loaded then USB is available).

Where do you map a network share to? I'll try giving the VM a 2nd hdd and put the files on there and boot off that, run imagex and capture the 1st hdd onto the 2nd.

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July 8, 2010 at 14:19:11
lol thanks but not what I meant (I know how to map a share).. I meant why do you map a network share? "you will need to share the drive once it is mounted then boot your VM and Map the Network Share to a drive letter."

Using bartPE/imagex how/when do you capture an image? Currently we do it at boot and before you are able to map drives ect.

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July 9, 2010 at 05:06:02
Got it working.. it was the bartpe files on the USB that were preventing it from booting. Redid a bartPE.iso and no problems.

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