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Lesson 9Using the Remote Installation Preparation wizard
ObjectiveCreate and image using the Remote Installation wizard.

Using Remote Installation Preparation Wizard

You use the Remote Installation Preparation wizard to create an image of the source computer on the RIS server. When you create an image on an RIS server by using this wizard, the image automatically appears as an installation option when the Client Installation wizard is run from a client computer. This happens because the Remote Installation Preparation wizard automatically creates the .sif file and places it in the appropriate folder. After you finish configuring the source computer, the next step is to create the image by running the Remote Installation Preparation wizard. The wizard will:
  1. Configure the source computer to a generic state, removing all unique settings such as the unique security identifier (SID) of the computer, computer name, and any registry settings unique to that system
  2. Create the RIPrep image on the specified RIS server image partition.
  3. Create an answer file and associate it with the newly created RIPrep image.
Before you try to create an RIPrep image on a RIS server, make sure that the server still has a CD-based image stored on it. (A CD-based image is created by default when you first set up a RIS server.) You cannot create an RIPrep image on a RIS server unless that server has an existing CD-based image.

Create RIPrep image

The following Slide Show describes the process of creating a RIPprep image.

The Remote Installation Preparation wizard creates an image on a single RIS server only. If you want to maintain an image on multiple RIS servers for load balancing or fault tolerance, you need to manually copy that image to each RIS server. Another solution is to use Systems Management Server to manage the replication of images to multiple RIS servers.

CD-based images versus RIPrep images

There are some basic differences between the plain vanilla image that you create when you configure the RIS serverand the images you create using RIPrep.

Common Problems setting up RIS server

It is important for you to develop an idea of some of the potential difficulties you might encounter while setting up a RIS server or installing an image on a client computer and to identify solutions.
The next lesson wraps-up this module.

Using-remote Installation preparation Wizard - Exercise

Click the Exercise link below to apply your knowledge about RIS.
Using Remote Installation Preparation Wizard - Exercise