Integrate SmartDeploy with Windows Deployment Services

This article describes how to integrate SmartDeploy with Windows Deployment Services (WDS). You will import your install image, create a SmartDeploy answer file, and then create a custom SmartDeploy Preinstallation Environment (SmartPE) ISO image, which can be used as a WDS boot image.

 

Before You Begin

To integrate SmartDeploy with WDS, you must first complete the following tasks:

  1. The Windows Deployment Services role has been installed and configured on a Windows Server host on your network.
  2. The SmartDeploy Console has been installed on your workstation or another host that you have access to. 
  3. You have captured your master image; and selected the For use with Windows Deployment Services (WDS) check box during capture.

 

Import Your Install Image to the WDS Server
 First, import the customized Windows 10 install image; this is the image that you captured by using the Capture Wizard. You can use existing WDS image groups to categorize SmartDeploy images.

 

  1. In the WDS Management Console, right-click Install Images, and then click Add Install Image.

  2. Select Select an existing image group, make sure the group that you want to use is listed in the drop-down menu, and then click Next.
    Note: If there are no existing groups, select Create an image group named to create one for SmartDeploy.


  3. On the Image File page, browse to and select the image WIM file that you captured and saved by using the Capture Wizard, and then click Next.
    Note: Once you successfully import your WIM file into your WDS server, it will be located in \\wds-server\reminst\Images\groupname\


  4. On the Available Images page, you'll see all the images that exist in the WIM file. Be sure to select the check box for the image that you want to be made available, and then click Next.

  5. On the Summary page, review the settings, and then click Next.

  6. When the task is complete, your image will be added to the server. Click Finish to close the Add Image Wizard.


 

Create Your WDS-Specific Answer File

  1. Please see the Create an Answer File guide for instructions on how to create your answer file.
    Note: If you plan to use Multicast for your deployments (recommended when doing 25 or more simultaneous deployments), you'll want to set the path to your image in your answer file, as it was uploaded to your WDS host; \\wds-server\reminst\Images\groupname\imagefilename.wim. Otherwise, you can use whichever network share you want.
     

Create a Custom SmartPE Boot WIM

  1. Please see the Create WDS Media guide for instructions on how to create your boot WIM file.
    Note: Be sure to use the WDS-specific answer file when you create your WDS boot media. 


Import the Boot Image to the WDS Server

  1. Open the WDS Management Console.
  2. In the left navigation pane, right-click Boot Images, and then click Add Boot Image.

  3. Click Browse, browse to and select the SmartPE boot image that you created in the previous section, and then click Next.


  4. On the Image Metadata page, click Next.


  5. On the Summary page, review the settings, and then click Next.


  6. Wait for the import process to finish, and then click Finish.


 

(Optional) Create a Multicast Transmission

  1. In the WDS Management Console, expand Install Images, and then select your install image.


  2. In the center pane, right-click the image name that you want to multicast, and then click Create Multicast Transmission.

  3. On the Transmission Name page, specify a name for the transmission, and then click Next.

  4. On the Multicast Type page, leave the Auto-Cast option selected, and then click Next.

  5. Allow a moment for the task to complete, and then click Finish.

 

 

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