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Operating System Deployment: Boot Images Node

Updated: December 1, 2008

Applies To: System Center Configuration Manager 2007, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2

An Operating System Deployment boot image is a Windows Pre-Installation Environment (PE) 2.0 image that is used during the operating system deployment process. The Boot Images node displays a list of the Operating System Deployment boot images that have been created, the actions that can be run, and, when a boot image is selected from the Boot Images list, specific actions that can be run for that boot image.

Available Operating System Deployment boot images are displayed in a list in the Boot Images results pane. The Name column is used as the default sort order. The following columns are displayed by default:

  • Name: The name of the boot image package.

  • Version: The version of the boot image. This represents an arbitrary value set by the Configuration Manager 2007 Administrator.

  • Comment: An optional user defined description of the image.

  • Image ID: The unique ID number created by Configuration Manager 2007 that is associated with the boot image.

You can filter the boot images that are displayed in the Boot Images pane using the four filter actions located above the list.

Look For
Enter all or part of a boot image name, or use the drop-down list to select from existing filter criteria.

In
Select the column to use when applying the filter criteria.

Find Now
Click Find Now to run the filter.

Clear
Click Clear to remove the filter and display the entire list.

When a specific boot image is selected in the Boot Images pane, the General tab on the lower half of the Boot Images results pane displays the following properties of the boot image:

  • The name of the boot image

  • Version

  • Comment

  • Image ID

You can select the following default actions grouped under Boot Images in the Actions pane. You can collapse the default actions by clicking the up arrow in the Boot Images section header.

Add Boot Image
Select this action to run the Add Boot Image Package Wizard. This wizard lets you add a new boot image to the selected boot image folder.

Copy Packages
Select this action to launch the Copy Packages Wizard. You can use this wizard to copy packages from one distribution point to another. You must have appropriate permissions to the packages you want to copy.

New Folder
Select this action to create a new folder at the highlighted point in the console tree.

New Search Folder
Select this action to launch the Search Folder Criteria dialog box. The search folder dialog box provides a way put Configuration Manager 2007 objects into a folder based on administrator defined search criteria. For more information about specifying the search criteria use the following link: Search Folder Criteria Dialog Box

View
Select this action to add or remove columns in the operating system install package pane, to export the list of operating system install package to a tab-delimited or comma-delimited text or unicode text file, and to hide the search bar in the operating system install package results pane.

New Window from Here
Select this action to display a new Configuration Manager 2007 Administrator Console window rooted at the selected node in the console tree.

Refresh
Select this action to refresh the Configuration Manager 2007 Administrator Console display.

Properties
Select this item to display general properties for the Boot Images node, and to set class security on that node.

Help
Select this action to display Configuration Manager 2007 product help for this node.

When you select a specific boot image in the Boot Images results pane, or expand the Boot Images node and select a boot image from the console tree, you can run the following actions grouped under that boot image name section in the Actions pane. You can collapse the default actions by clicking the up arrow in that section header.

Update Distribution Points
Select this action to run the Update Distribution Points Wizard. This wizard is used to update distribution points with a new version of a boot image after changes have been made to that boot image.

Manage Distribution Points
Select this action to run the Manage Distribution Points Wizard. This wizard is used to distribute the boot image to one or more distribution points, from which it can be used by target computers.

Move Items
Select this to launch the Move Items dialog box. This dialog box is used to move a selected image to a new container.

New Window from here
Select this action to display a new Configuration Manager 2007 Administrator Console window rooted at the selected node in the console tree.

Cut
Select this action to cut the selected boot image to paste in another boot image folder in this tree.

Delete
Select this action to delete the boot image. When you delete a boot image, you will be prompted to confirm the deletion.

Refresh
Select this action to refresh the Configuration Manager 2007 Administrator Console display.

Properties
Select this item to display detailed properties for the selected boot image.

Help
Select this action to display Configuration Manager 2007 product help for this node.

For additional information, see Configuration Manager 2007 Information and Support.
To contact the documentation team, email SMSdocs@microsoft.com.
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