ImageAssist Virtual Machine Tutorials

ImageAssist Virtual Machine Tutorials


ImageAssist Virtual Machine Tutorials

One of ImageAssist best practices is to use a virtual environment to create the Gold Dynamic (Multiple platform) image. We can leverage ImageAssist with a Virtual Machine to create and maintain a cross-platform deployable Windows image. Using a virtual environment provides an advantage with keeping up with operating system changes and upgrades, as well as, avoiding issues with system drivers.


This is why, though we can create our image using a physical Dell system, we still recommend the use of a virtual machine. Below are two video tutorials. The tutorials were made using an OEM download copy of Windows 10. In the videos we demonstrate how to create our Reference image that will later progress to your maintenance image then finally your Golden image for deployment. The virtual machine solutions used are:

ImageAssist Dynamic supports Hyper-V (Windows 10) and the two most recent versions of VMware Workstation. Other VM technology solutions may be supported, but have not been fully validated with ImageAssist Dynamic.

NOTE: Depending on your VM host, in regards to VM resources, 2GB of Memory and 2 CPU w/ processors per core is acceptable as a bare minimum. If you use less, the process may take longer and possibly fail. All videos listed were trimmed to save time for the purpose of the tutorial.


ImageAssist - Hyper-V Tutorial

NOTE: The video does not show disabling the Secure Boot setting. Enabling Secure Boot can cause issues. Disable in Settings > Security > Secure Boot

Hyper-V does not support Win7 UEFI (Generation 2), it only supports Win7 MBR (Generation 1).


ImageAssist - VMWare Tutorial

NOTE: The video shows BIOS for firmware configuration; use EFI instead. 2 Processors w/ 2 cores per processor is recommended. If 6GB RAM not available, 2GB RAM will work.

ImageAssist - Non OEM Windows install Tutorial

The purpose of this video is to illustrate what a non-Dell-OEM version of Windows 10 install looks like. The build of the VM was done in VMWare Workstation.

The links below provide a more comprehensive understanding to each process of the Dell ImageAssist tool:

Feel free to either call or email us with any additional assistance needed or questions you may have. Here's how to contact our ImageAssist Help Desk:

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Article ID: SLN312164

Last Date Modified: 08/08/2019 04:11 PM


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