Deployment Wizard

The Build Console Deployment Wizard is used to create the files necessary to achieve a fully automated Windows build process.

The following tasks can be performed by the Deployment Wizard.

Starting the Deployment Wizard

The following are steps to start the Deployment Wizard.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • In the global toolbar, click to start the Deployment Wizard.

      OR
    • Select Tools>Deployment Wizard.

    The Deployment Wizard opens.
  2. Click Next.
  3. In the Task Selection panel, select one or more of the following tasks:

  4. Click Next.

Base Image preparation

Note: This option is only available if a validated project is open. If you have a project open and this option is still disabled close the Deployment Wizard, click the Validate Project icon and resolve any issues reported before re-launching the Deployment Wizard.

  1. In the Boot Options panel, select the media to boot from in order to launch the Windows Unattended installation which is the starting point for creating the base image:

    • Boot from Windows media Specifies that you boot from the original Windows media and use a USB drive or additional CD-ROM drive to deliver the configuration files created by the Deployment Wizard.

    OR

    • Boot from WinPE Specifies that you boot from Windows PE media and launch the Unattended installation from there.
  2. In the Unattended Options panel, the following options are available.

    1. To automatically prepare the machine for imaging select Automatically prepare machine for imaging after unattended installation. If this option is not selected Windows will boot to the desktop and allow further modifications to be made, however the Image Preparation Tool will need to be run manually.
    2. To automatically download and install the latest Windows updates at the end of the unattended installation, select Install Windows updates.
    3. To remove default and consumer Windows applications, select Remove default and consumer Windows applications.

      Note: If the project is configured to use Windows 10 media and you do not want to remove default and consumer Windows applications, then deselect the Remove default and consumer Windows applications option.
    4. To run the base image creation process on UEFI hardware, select Install on UEFI hardware.

  3. Click Next.
  4. In the Update type panel, the following options are available:
    1. To install Windows updates from all update classifications with the exception of language packs and preview updates, select All updates.
    2. To install Windows updates from just the Critical and Security update classifications, select Critical / Security updates.
  5. In the Update source panel, the following options are available:
    1. To install Windows updates from the Microsoft Windows Update source, select Windows Update.
    2. To install Windows updates from a WSUS server, select WSUS and specify the WSUS server and Target group.

      Note: The WSUS server must include "http://" or "https://" and trailing port number (":8530"). The Target group must be configured as per the WSUS prerequisites.
  6. Click Next.
  7. If Remove default and consumer Windows applications was selected in step 2 a list of Windows built-in applications will be displayed on the Windows Built-in applications page. Select which built-in Applications to Remove during base image preparation and which built-in Applications to Retain.
  8. If there are valid Mass Storage Drivers in the File Library for the version of Windows defined in the project the Universal Base Image Mass Storage Driver Selection page will be displayed. Select any Mass Storage Drivers that are required in the universal base image to support all of the machine types that will be deployed using the project.
  9. Click Next.
  10. If Boot from WinPE was selected in step 1 and there are valid Mass Storage Drivers for WinPE available in the File Library, the WinPE Mass Storage Driver Selection page will be displayed. Select the Mass Storage Drivers required for the machine on which the base image preparation process will be run.
  11. Click Next.
  12. The Deployment Wizard will calculate the amount of space required to perform the tasks selected and the amount of space available. If there is enough free space click Next to continue.
  13. Once the process completes click OK on the Deployment has completed successfully message box.
  14. Select one or more of the following items:

    • Display task list launches a browser with a list of tasks to be completed in order to create a successful deployment.
    • Open project folder opens the project folder in Windows Explorer so that the files created by the Deployment Wizard can be copied to their appropriate locations.
    • Display log file opens the Build Console log file and is useful to review if an error is reported.
  15. Click Finish.

Build process creation

  1. In the Image Selection panel, select one or more of the following images to create:

    • Build process (ztoolkit.wim) specifies that the ztoolkit image containing the build process files should be recreated. This should be rebuilt whenever changes are made to project settings or the Imaging Toolkit has been upgraded.

      • Encrypt passwords in the control file (Zmainrun.xml) specifies that all password values written to the build process control file should be encrypted.
  2. Click Next.
  3. The Deployment Wizard will calculate the amount of space required to perform the tasks selected and the amount of space available. If there is enough free space click Next to continue.
  4. Once the process completes click OK on the Deployment has completed successfully message box.
  5. Select one or more of the following items:

    • Display task list launches a browser with a list of tasks to be completed in order to create a successful deployment.
    • Open images folder opens the images folder in Windows Explorer so that the images created by the Deployment Wizard can be copied to the imaging server.
    • Display log file opens the Build Console log file and is useful to review if an error is reported.
  6. Click Finish.

Driver image creation

Note:
  1. Select the sort by method to display available driver packs by:

    • Machine type specifies that machines are organised by manufacturer and driver packs for all operating systems can quickly be selected for a specific model / manufacturer.
    • Windows Version specifies that driver packs are organised by operating system and driver packs for all manufacturers / models can quickly be selected for a specific operating system.
  2. Select one or more driver packs to create a driver image for and click Next.
  3. The Deployment Wizard will calculate the amount of space required to perform the tasks selected and the amount of space available. If there is enough free space click Next to continue.
  4. Once the process completes click OK on the Deployment has completed successfully message box
  5. Select one or more of the following items:

    • Display task list launches a browser with a list of tasks to be completed in order to create a successful deployment.
    • Open images folder opens the images folder in Windows Explorer so that the images.ini and image files created by the Deployment Wizard can be copied to the imaging server.
    • Display log file opens the Build Console log file and is useful to review if an error is reported.
  6. Click Finish.