Now we have the Boot Image configured, Distribution Point Configured and DHCP ready. The environment is ready for deployment, but still needs to add flavours of OS to be deployed.
SCCM uses same windows image to deploy to various types of systems like Servers, Laptops, Desktops, Virtual disks and virtual machines. SCCM uses WIM Files for this purpose. “A Windows operating system image is a self-contained file using the Windows Imaging Format (WIM). A WIM differs from other image formats such as ISO because it’s file-based. It’s designed to store files and then use an image index to reference those files.”
A WIM file can contain multiple image indexes because it has to store each file only once. For example, say you use ConfigMgr or MDT to build a custom image, and then later use the same process to build another image that has extra applications. You can store both images in the same WIM file, but files that are common to both images are stored only once. In this way, WIM is an effective and efficient way of building custom images, which is why they’re the foundation of operating system deployment (OSD) in ConfigMgr.
To add an Operating System Image in SCCM 2016, just Launch SCCM Console and Go to Software Library > Operating systems.
Right Click on Operating Systems
Specify the path to the Operating system image file. It must be UNC path.
Click Next to Continue
Specify Name, Version and or any comments.
Click Next To Continue
To Create the Operating System Image, Click Next
Wizard will provide you details of the task whether it is completed successfully or not.
Click Close to Finish
This completes the Adding an Operating System Image to SCCM 2016
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