Adding Images

Steps for adding images

You must add at least one boot image and one install image before you will be able to boot to the Windows Deployment Services server and install an image.

Boot images. Boot images are Windows PE images that you boot a client computer into to perform an operating system installation. In most scenarios, you should use the Boot.wim file on the product DVD from one of the following operating systems:

  • Client: Windows Vista (with at least Service Pack 1 (SP1)) or Windows 7
  • Server: Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2

You can also use custom boot images that you have created using the Windows AIK (for example, for diagnostic testing).

Install images. Install images are the operating system images that you deploy to the client computer. You can use the Install.wim file from the product DVD to deploy images for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2. For operating systems released prior to Windows Vista, you must create a custom install image.

To add the Install.wim from the product DVD, use the following procedures.

  1. In the Windows Deployment Services MMC snap-in, right-click the Install Images node, and then click Add Install Image.


  1. Specify a name for the image group, and then click Next.


  1. Browse to select the default install image (Install.wim), which is located in the \Sources folder of the product DVD, and then click Open.
  2. To add a subset of the images included in the Install.wim file, clear the check boxes for the images that you do not want to add to the server. You should add only the images for which you have licenses.
  3. Follow the instructions in the wizard to add the images
  4. Click the image group to verify that the correct images were added.


7. Repeat this procedure to add any additional install images.

Next: Add Default Boot Image