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Supported Operating Systems and Hard Disk Configurations for Operating System Deployment


Updated: May 14, 2015

Use the information in this topic to identify the operating systems and disk configurations that support the capture, creation, and deployment of operating system images by using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.

All operating systems listed as supported client operating systems under Operating System Requirements for Configuration Manager Client Installation are supported for operating system deployments with the following exceptions:

  • Clients that use the mobile device client.

  • Windows XP Embedded

  • Windows Storage Server 2003

  • Windows Storage Server 2008

  • IA-64-based architecture computers

The following operating systems do not support the Apply operating system from an original installation source option in the Apply Operating System Image task sequence step. These operating systems must be captured by using a reference computer before being deployed to the destination computer:

  • Windows Embedded for Point of Service 1.0

  • Windows Embedded for Point of Service 1.1 with SP3

  • Windows Embedded Standard 2009

  • Windows Embedded POSReady 2009

  • Windows Embedded Standard 7 with SP1

  • Windows Embedded POSReady 7

  • Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs

  • Windows XP Tablet PC SP3

  • Windows Thin PC

The hard disk configuration combinations on the reference and destination computers that are supported for Configuration Manager operating system deployment are shown in the following table.

Reference computer hard disk configuration

Destination computer hard disk configuration

Basic disk

Basic disk

Simple volume on a dynamic disk

Simple volume on a dynamic disk

Configuration Manager supports capturing an operating system image only from computers that are configured with simple volumes. There is no support for the following hard disk configurations:

  • Spanned volumes

  • Striped volumes (RAID 0)

  • Mirrored volumes (RAID 1)

  • Parity volumes (RAID 5)

The following table shows an additional hard disk configuration on the reference and destination computers that is not supported with Configuration Manager operating system deployment.

Reference computer hard disk Configuration

Destination computer hard disk configuration

Basic disk

Dynamic disk

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