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How to Add a Boot Image to Configuration Manager

Updated: January 15, 2011

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 PE image used during a Configuration Manager 2007 operating system deployment. Configuration Manager 2007 includes default x86 or x64 boot image for use with operating system deployments. Available boot images can be viewed by navigating to System Center Configuration Manager / Site Database / Computer Management / Operating System Deployment / Boot Images in the Configuration Manager console.

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Note these steps must be run on the computer running the SMS provider. The computer account of the computer running the SMS Provider needs Read and Write access to the folder that is the boot image package source.

You can also import you own custom boot images. You may want custom boot images for any of the following scenarios:

  • To run scripts or custom actions in Windows PE that require optional Windows PE components that are not enabled in the default Configuration Manager 2007 boot images.

  • To include custom tools and scripts in the Windows PE image.

  • If you are deploying operating systems in a complex environment you may require multiple boot images containing different sets of device drivers. Adding device drivers to a boot image increases the size of the boot image so individual boot images should not contain all available device drivers.

You can import the newly created boot image into the Configuration Manager 2007 catalog.

Use the following procedure to add a new boot image.

To add a boot image

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate System Center Configuration Manager / Site Database / Computer Management / Operating System Deployment / Boot Images.

  2. To start the Add Boot Image Wizard, right-click the Boot Images node, and then click Add Boot Image.

  3. On the Data Source page, specify the path to the boot image WIM file. You can click Browse to browse for a specific boot image. If the selected WIM file contains multiple images, use the Boot Image drop-down list to select the desired image.

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    The specified path must be a valid network path in the UNC format. For example: \\servername\<sharename>\path.

  4. On the General page, provide a Name and Version to be associated with the boot image. Optionally, add a descriptive Comment for the boot image, and then click Next.

  5. Review the Summary, and then click Next to add the new boot image.

Adding Custom Boot Images

To import a custom boot image, the boot image must already be finalized or the SMS Provider will reject it. Use the following procedure to create a new source boot image for 32-bit and 64-bit computers that can be imported:

How to Add a Custom Boot Image for 32-bit Computers to Configuration Manager

  1. Copy a boot image from the directory where the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) is installed.

  2. Mount this new copied boot image to a temporary directory. For example: dism.exe /mount-wim /wimFile:c:\winpe.wim /index:1 /mountdir:%systemroot%\temp\bootimages.

  3. Install the two optional components that are required to perform Configuration Manager 2007 operating system deployments:

    1. dism.exe /image:%systemroot%\temp\bootimages /add-package /packagepath:"C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools\x86\WinPE_FPs\WinPE-Scripting.cab"

    2. dism.exe /image:%systemroot%\temp\bootimages /add-package /packagepath:"C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools\x86\WinPE_FPs\WinPE-WMI.cab"

  4. Install the optional components that should be included with the boot image.

  5. Copy the additional required files that are needed to the mount directory.

  6. Dismount the boot image using the following command: Dism /Unmount-Wim /MountDir: %systemroot%\temp\bootimages /Commit

How to Add a Custom Boot Image for 64-bit Computers to Configuration Manager

  1. Copy a boot image from the directory where the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) is installed.

  2. Mount this new copied boot image to a temporary directory. For example: dism.exe /mount-wim /wimFile:c:\winpe.wim /index:1 /mountdir:%systemroot%\temp\bootimages.

  3. Install the two optional components that are required to perform Configuration Manager 2007 operating system deployments:

    1. dism.exe /image:%systemroot%\temp\bootimages /add-package /packagepath:"C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools\ amd64\WinPE_FPs\WinPE-Scripting.cab"

    2. dism.exe /image:%systemroot%\temp\bootimages /add-package /packagepath:"C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools\ amd64\WinPE_FPs\WinPE-WMI.cab"

  4. Install the optional components that should be included with the boot image.

  5. Copy the additional required files that are needed to the mount directory.

  6. Dismount the boot image using the following command: Dism /Unmount-Wim /MountDir: %systemroot%\temp\bootimages /Commit

See Also

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