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Developing Disk Images : Configuring the Lab Distribution Share (part 1) - Adding Windows Vista

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Using Deployment Workbench, you configure the distribution share in the following ways (at a minimum, you must add Windows Vista):

  • Add, remove, and configure operating systems.

  • Add, remove, and configure applications.

  • Add, remove, and configure operating system packages, including updates and language packs.

  • Add, remove, and configure out-of-box device drivers.

When you add operating systems, applications, operating system packages, and out-of-box device drivers to the distribution share, Deployment Workbench stores the source files in the distribution share folder specified during BDD 2007 installation. The default is D:\Distribution, where D is the volume with the most available space. You associate source files in the distribution share with builds later in the development process. In the distribution share’s Control folder, Deployment Workbench stores metadata about operating systems, applications, operating system packages, and out-of-box device drivers in the following files:

  • Application.xml Contains metadata about applications in the distribution share

  • Drivers.xml Contains metadata about device drivers in the distribution share

  • OperatingSystems.xml Contains metadata about operating systems in the distribution share

  • Packages.xml Contains metadata about operating system packages in the distribution share

Adding Windows Vista

All Windows Vista editions are in a single image file, Install.wim, which is in the Sources folder on the distribution media. For more information about the Windows Vista distribution media and Install.wim, see the Windows AIK. To build images based on Windows Vista, you must add the Windows Vista media to the BDD 2007 distribution share. Distribution shares must contain at a minimum the Windows Vista source files.

In addition to adding Windows Vista media to the distribution share, you can add Windows Vista images that already exist in Windows DS. BDD 2007 will not copy these files to the distribution share. Instead, BDD 2007 uses the files from their original location during deployment. There are two requirements for doing this. First, you must specify an image catalog to use when adding the image from Windows DS, because an image catalog cannot be created from a Windows DS image. Second, you must copy the following files from the \Sources directory on the Windows Vista media to C:\Program Files\BDD 2007\bin:

  • Wdsclientapi.dll

  • Wdscsl.dll

  • Wdsimage.dll

Note

A catalog (.clg) is a binary file that describes the components and settings in a Windows image. Servicing a Windows Vista image (adding device drivers and packages, for example) requires a catalog. For example, when you use Windows SIM to create an answer file for a Windows Vista image, Windows SIM first creates a catalog that describes the image’s contents. Likewise, Deployment Workbench catalogs the images you add to the distribution share. For more information about catalog files, see the topic “Understanding Windows Image Files and Catalog Files” in the Windows AIK.


To add Windows Vista to a distribution share
1.
In the Deployment Workbench console tree, right-click Operating Systems under Distribution Share and click New to start the New OS Wizard.

2.
On the Choose The Type Of Operating System To Add page, select Full Set Of Source Files, and then click Next. This option copies the entire set of operating system source files from the distribution media or folder containing the distribution media. Optionally, you can add operating system images from a specific Windows DS server by selecting Windows Deployment Services Images. You can also click Custom Image File to add a custom image, created by using the Windows Deployment Wizard.

3.
On the Select The Location Of The Operating System Files page, type the path containing the operating system source files you’re adding to the distribution share or click Browse to select the path, and then click Next. If you’ve staged (pre-copied the source files to the local computer) the operating system files on the local hard disk, you can select Move The Files To The Distribution Share Instead Of Copying Them to speed the process.

4.
On the Specify The Destination page, type the name of the operating system folder to create in the distribution share, and then click Copy. You can accept the default name, which Deployment Workbench derives from the source files, or use a name that describes the operating system version and edition. For example, you can use Windows Vista Enterprise and Windows Vista Business to distinguish between the different editions of Windows Vista. Deployment Workbench uses this name to create a folder for the operating system in the distribution share’s Operating Systems folder.

The copy process can take several minutes to complete; the move process takes only seconds. After you add an operating system to the distribution share, it appears in the details pane of Operating Systems. Also, the operating system appears in the distribution share in Operating Systems\subfolder (shown in Figure 1), where subfolder is the destination specified when adding the operating system.

Figure 1. Operating Systems in the distribution share.


To remove Windows Vista from the distribution share
1.
In the Deployment Workbench console tree, click Operating Systems.

2.
In the details pane, right-click the operating system you want to remove, and then click Delete.

Note

When an operating system is deleted from Deployment Workbench, Deployment Workbench also removes it from the Operating Systems folder in the distribution share. In other words, removing an operating system from Deployment Workbench also removes it from the file system.

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