This is a custom note file for our imaging chapter, but it still an important reference section to keep if you plan on pursuing IT related fields.
Chapter (Custom): System Imaging
People don’t understand the difference between cloning and imaging. Here’s a table to explain the differences.
Cloning versus Imaging
If your system crashes, which is better to have; cloning or image?
- Clone, because you can switch the HDD. Cloning has EVERYTHING on the previously backed-up drive.
- You do not want images because you’d first have to:
- Install Windows, or have an Imaging program boot-disk.
- Use the imaging program to write the image to the (new) disk.
Two terms that are critical to understand:
- To gather means to create the image file.
- To distribute means to distribute the image file. (Can be to multiple systems)
Imaging is a business tool.
- It’s a time saver for the most part.
- Need to set up ten new systems.
Downsides to Images:
- All the systems have the same name.
- All the systems have the same logins.
- All the systems have the same properties.
After imaging the PCs, you have to change the name.
For our class, we will be using “WS-(Station#)” as our PC names, CCSD uses “WS-Serial”. This is class-specific.
The Process of Imaging
- Start with a clean OS install.
- To get rid of all other properties made before.
- Network drivers may be put above step #2.
- Install Programs
- Antivirus, flash, browser, Adobe Reader/Foxit,
- Video, Accounts, Backgrounds… etc
- Browsers, desktop layout, etc
- Do you put in printers? (This is subjective to the topology)
- Drivers for printers?
- Checklist / Verifying
- Verify that you configured what you needed
- Program Updates
- Antiviruses post-install updates?
- Do you want to allow automatic updates or not?
- OS Updates
- Update your PC once again before gathering the image.
Image vs Clone:
- Clone is copying (duplicating) a drive.
- Image is copying the drive into a file (like a zip) for removable media access.
Is it useful for File Backup & Recovery?
Which one is faster to full-function, cloning or imaging?
- Cloning, because all you have to do is swap the drive. Whereas imaging is very lengthy alone, if done correctly.
- Start with a clean install (Fresh OS).
- OS Updates
- Install Required Software
- Settings, Backgrounds, Shortcuts, Favorites, etc.
- User Accounts
- OS & Program Updates
- Empty Recycle Bin
- What media?
- Must be bootable.
OS Used to create Rescue Media...
- Windows PE
- Special Drivers Added
- 64 bit / 32 bit
- Create ISO
- Sysprep, automate Windows setup.