Appendix B: Creating an Image of Windows Server 2004

Creating an OS Image with Multiple Source Disks

In the first procedure in this section, you will create an image of Windows Server 2003 (Disc 1). In the second procedure, you will add the Windows Server 2003 R2 installation files (Windows Server 2003 R2 Disc 2) to the image you created.

To create an image of Windows ServerĀ 2003, complete the following steps:

  1. To start the New OS Wizard, in Deployment Workbench, click the Distribution Share node, right-click Operating Systems, and then click Next.

  2. On the OS Type page, click Full set of source files, and then click Next.

  3. When prompted for the location of the source directory containing the operating system installation files, insert Windows Server 2003 R2 Disc 1 in the CD-ROM drive, and then click Next.

Note Microsoft supports only the use of Microsoft media when creating a client operating system image. The use of non-Microsoft media is not supported.

  1. Type the path containing the files to be added to the distribution share, and then click Next.

  2. Type a friendly description for the operating system image. For example, you might type Windows-Server-2003.

  3. Click Finish.

To add the Windows Server 2003 R2 installation files (Disc 2) to the image

  1. Go to the image that you created in the previous section. The image will be located in Drive:\Distribution\Operating Systems\ImageName. For example, E:\Distribution\Operating Systems\Windows-Server-2003 Standard Edition.

  2. In this directory, create an $OEM$ folder and a Cmpnents folder. For example, you should have the following folders:

    • E:\Distribution\Operating Systems\Windows-Server-2003 Standard Edition\i386

    • E:\Distribution\Operating Systems\Windows-Server-2003 Standard Edition \$OEM$

    • E:\Distribution\Operating Systems\Windows-Server-2003 Standard Edition \Cmpnents

  3. In the $OEM$ folder, create the following directory: $OEM$\$1\R2.

  4. In the $OEM$\$1\R2 directory, create a file named R2comp.inf.

  5. In R2comp.inf, create a [Version] section and then create a [Components] section that lists the components that you would like to install. For example, the following example installs Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM) and Common Log File System:

    Listing 1 R2comp.inf Script sample

[Version] Signature = "$Windows NT$" [Components] ADAM=on CLFS=on

For a complete list of the components that you can install, see Deploy.chm, located in the \\Docs folder of Windows Server 2003 R2 Disc 2.
  1. Copy the contents of the Cmpnents folder from Disc 2 to E:\Distribution\Operating Systems\Windows-Server-2003 Standard Edition \Cmpnents.

  2. Attempt a build with the PREPARE scenario.


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