Thursday, April 3, 2008

Prepare a Bootable CD

Prepare a Bootable CD

This is part 3 of a 6 part series that will give you information on capturing and deploying images using ImageX. In this part, you will create an image file from your prepared folders and use it to create a bootable CD.

  1. Launch the Windows AIK PE Tools command prompt. Click Start -> All Programs -> Windows AIK -> Windows PE Tools Command Prompt.

  2. Create an iso image of the prepared Windows PE folders with the following command. oscdimg -n -bc:\winpe_x86\ c:\winpe_x86\ISO
    The entire command should be entered on one line. Since the source path has spaces, the quotes must be included. Enter a single space after …, and after …\iso.

  3. The command will complete rather quickly. It will create an iso file named winpe_x86.iso in the c:\winpe_x86 directory.

  4. Use an image burning program to burn the .iso image to a CD or DVD. Note that burning an .iso image is different than copying the .iso image file to the CD. If you don't have an image burning tool, check out ImgBurn.
    ImgBurn is an easy to use program and well worth an optional donation. Once installed, you can just double-click on the .iso file and ImgBurn will launch. If you have a CD in the disk ready to burn, all you have to do is click a single button.

  5. Once you burn the .iso file to the CD, you have a bootable WinPE CD.

In the next part you'll create a bootable USB flash drive that has the same contents as the bootable CD created in this part.

Part 1 Download and Install Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK)
Part 2 Prepare the Windows PE Folders
Part 3 Prepare a Bootable CD
Part 4 Prepare a Bootable USB (optional)

Part 5 Run Sysprep and Capture an Image using ImageX
Part 6 Deploy an Image using ImageX

This information is valuable when preparing for the MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician exams.

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