What is the recommended method for using K2000 to keep an updated, sysprep'd image for deployment?
I've read several different threads about updating as a mid or post level task, but what I'm looking for is how can I maintain an image that is fully updated and ready to deploy, and can be put back into audit mode for updating further? Or perhaps I'm not maintaining the master image properly.
Does any one have suggestions or can just tell me if I'm totally off base?
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1. Create a new virtual machine with the following settings
a. Architecture - Match the architecture you need for the image you are building
b. Memory - 2GB
c. Hard Disk - leave the defaults, we will have to change them later
2. Change the machine settings
a. Select Storage tab
b. Remove the Controller: SATA
c. Add a new IDE Controller
d. Click the button to add a new disk to the controller
e. Give the disk an appropriate name
f. Set the file size to be large enough to support your image (I have been using 75GB)
g. Click Create
h. Select Network tab
i. Under Adapter 1
j. Adapter is enabled and select Attached to: Bridged Adapter
k. Select System tab
l. Change the boot order to remove Floppy and Optical drives
m. Enable Network boot and move it to the top of the list
n. Click OK
3. Power on the Virtual Machine
4. At the boot menu select the appropriate KBE
5. At the K2000 menu select Scripted Installation
6. Select the appropriate scripted installation from the menu
7. Click Start Installation
8. Once the installation is complete install all Windows updates
a. Be sure to enable updates for other Microsoft products before installing updates
b. Run Windows update several times to make sure all updates have been installed
9. Make any other necessary changes to the base image
10. Shutdown the virtual machine
11. Make a clone of the Virtual machine
a. In the VirtualBox Manager select the virtual machine
b. Right click on the virtual machine and select Clone
c. Click Next
d. Select Full Clone
e. Click Clone
f. If you run out of disk space making the clone, read this post for some information about shrinking the size of your virtual disk: https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?p=29271#p29271
12. Boot the cloned virtual machine 13.
13. Run sysprep on the virtual machine.
14. Power on the virtual machine
15. At the boot menu select the appropriate KBE
16. At the K2000 menu select Imaging
17. Click Capture an image of this machine
18. Give the image an appropriate name
19. Select the C: drive as the image source
20. Choose the image type
21. Click Start Capture
22. Once the capture is complete shutdown the virtual machine
23. The cloned virtual machine can now be deleted
24. Login to the K2000 web interface
25. Find the newly updated image and add the appropriate pre- and post- installation tasks.
For future updates, boot the original virtual machine and apply updates and make any other necessary changes. Then start following the instructions at step 10.