I am new here. First time using Dell image assist. I am able to create the image file and customize, but i m not sure when to add additional applications to the image.
As part of the ImageAssist process, Sysprep will be run on the OS.
Regarding applications, it's dependent upon your requirements and or the type of application. If you want a "thick image" (applications included on the Gold image), many applications can be installed prior to ImageAssist running the Sysprep process. Some applications are not compatible with ImageAssist prior to Sysprep. Those apps would need to be staged either on the image or on a network location where they can be installed at first logon; either through scripting in the image or via group policies, SCCM, etc.
Examples of acceptable applications which can be installed prior to Sysprep:
Examples of applications which should be installed post deployment:
Note: During the ImageAssist process, before it runs Sysprep - the tool will perform a series of validation checks. One of the items it looks for are applications which will prevent the process from running. If it finds applications that are not compatible, it will list them and attempt to remediate the validation by removing the applications so that the validation can pass successfully.
The URL below contains some useful links & articles to get you going.
On a clean hard drive with all partitions removed, install the O/S, applications, then install and run ImageAssist from the green blinking "Guide Me" button. ImageAssist will then validate it, run sysprep and after sysprep completes it will reboot to begin the auto capture process.
Thanks for your quick reply. It was really helpfull. I have following situation.
These are my concerns, I know these are very specific.
Hi AWAISARWAR -
You're welcome. Please see my responses below.
Finally I made it. I installed all the programs including antivirus.
One last thing..
When login as with the account i create, it has lost the customise settings and dell image assit application still installed. I beleive it must be uninsatlled automatically.
Really appreciate your reply.
You are real hero.
Good to hear you're making progress. Depending on what settings were customized, the Sysprep process may prevent certain items from carrying over. If performed correctly, customizations to the desktop background, start menu & desktop shortcuts will carry over to all newly created users. This requires use of the local Administrator account when customizing and the "COPY Administrator's profile to Default User profile" option must be selected in the Unattend XML creator. ImageAssist utilizes the CopyProfile function of Windows Sysprep to enable this functionality. With the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft has developed some new solutions to help customize items beyond what CopyProfile is capable of. I've included some links with more information below.
Dear Tylor, Thanks for your patiene and writing in details. One last thing, Now i have WIM file captured /copied in separate usb and refernce image (in bootble usb). As you know the bootable usb when i created it wa formatted in FAT32. It has a capacity of only 4Gb. I have the WIM of 7Gigas. Now I know to send this bootble usb and wim file in a single usb. How can I make this. Cheers, Awais
You're welcome. For this, you can use the WIM splitter tool provided in the direct tool links of the main ImageAssist interface.