Managing the desktops’ Operating System and applications is highly critical in any Organization. Managing these includes installations, upgrades and recovery tasks.This article describes some of the basics about OS imaging.
What is an OS Image?
A Snapshot or photo copy of a computer software configurations such as customized settings and installed applications along with the Operating System.
Why we need an OS Image?
- To make a computer up and running in a shot span
- To provide common operating environment
- To manage / maintain the machines at an ease
- Low Cost
OS Imaging Process
Imaging is a method of capturing preconfigured operating
system and software applications onto server as a single file
unit. A volume Image can be captured in either partition wise
or disk wise.
When an image is captured and uploaded to the deployment
server or a DVD. These Images can be deployed to machines
individually or simultaneously (using deployment server).
Once a machine completes its OS deployment, the machine
will be ready with all the applications and settings along with
OS as a replication of the machine from which the Image has
OS Imaging Tools
Symantec Norton Ghost
Microsoft WinPE (Windows Pre-Installation Environment)
Microsoft OSD (Operating System Deployment)
Radia OS Manager
BMC OS Manager (Marimba)
1.Ensuring compliance with corporate policies
2.Definitive Software Library for centralized indexing of OS images, patches and other updates
3.Automated best practices for user data migrations
4.Specialized builds depending on department or business unit requirements
5. Compatible to multiple hardware configurations
6.Ability to upgrade existing OS Images without loss of user data