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Windows 10 Imaging Guide

Updated 7/13/17 - Logo and formatting and links to Quest Box share

Windows 10 Imaging Guide (SP2 Update)

I have developed a guide that walks through Windows 10 Imaging with the K2000 3.7 SP2 release.  This guide covers the following topics:

  • General Concepts of Windows 10 Imaging
  • Creating Windows 10 based KACE Boot Environments (KBEs)
  • Downloading and installing Windows 10 PE Driver Packs
  • Creating the Boot Environment
  • Managing Windows 10 Drivers
  • Understanding the Driver Feed
  • Using the Driver Feed Builder Tool
  • Creating Scripted Installations of Windows 10
  • Uploading the Windows 10 media
  • Creating the Scripted Install
  • Creating System Images
  • Creating the unattend.xml file
  • Running Sysprep
  • Capturing the Image
  • Deploying the Image

Post suggestions/comments and let us know how your Windows 10 imaging is coming along.

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K2000 3.5 is out

Kace K2000 3.5 is out:

3.5.76460 is the Update for virtual and physical box.

3.5.73831 is the new RSA.

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Backup corrupted, what can be done

As everybody knows, the backup of the K1000 (and K2000 too) consists of two files:

kbox_dbdata.gz which holds the database itself and is simply a zipped dump of the database in one file

kbox_files.tgz which holds all stuff which was uploaded to the box (kbots, MI, Scripts etc) which is a zipped tar-archive, which consists all files unzipped

Both files are needed to restore the box to a older version.

Normally you test the backup to be shure that all is fine.

But what to do, if you have only a corrupted backup?

There are some tools for fixing (if possible) the backup files.

Please be aware: as the backup is corrupted you will never be able to restore all files! is freeware, runs for a long time, and is able to repair the tgz, the gz file could be repaired too but I wouldn't bet much money on that.

Got reports would also help, but never tested it, as it costs money. If the demo is working correctly, may be tested. will help in full version. In the Demo it only shows if the archive can be repaired.

The best chances you may have if you have a Linux box.

A simple tar xifvz FILE will ignore most errors (usually the EOF error)

Also zcat would work great:

At first you should rename it to .tar.gz

then run zcat kbox_files.tar.gz > kbox.tar If it breaks here, you are _REALLY_ doomed.

untar the kbox.tat using tar xif kbox.tar

If you have results (each way) repack the archive and upload it to the box.

Hopefully you will have most of the files remaining.

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K2000 Deployment Workbench

K2 Advisor

  • An .html overview of your K2000 (version 3.6 and higher) that can identify issues and link to appropriate KB articles.

KBE Manipulator

  • Allows for manipulation of KBE that is uploaded to your K2000, including assigning static IP, adding ADSI, ODBC, DCCTK, Command | Configure, .Net4, Powershell, adding custom DOS commands, or uploading custom .wim/.iso's.

Sysprep Creator Wizard

  • Walks user through creating an unattend file for Windows 7/8/10

Driver Feed Builder

  • Harvest or extract executible drivers and upload to the K2000.

Get/Set ComputerName

  • Allows saving of computername from workstations or apply new names.
Kace Streaming WIM Toolkit
  • Toolkit that allows deployment of K2000 captured wims to be streamed
Default Deploy
  • Script that allows deployment of a default image/scripted install to machines
Export Wi-Fi Profiles
  • Script that will export profiles and .zip them up with a script to deploy them with a K1 or K2
Driver Feed Advisor
  • Script to show the driver feed path of a workstation, via the K1000 or K2000
Upgrading to Windows 10
  • Tasks that provide a solution to upgrading a workstation to Windows 10 using the K2000
USMT 10 loadstate fails when deploying Windows 7
  • A script that will copy the files necessary into USMT so that a Windows 7 deployment is successful with loadstate

Set Autologon Count

  • Change the autologon count in an unattend file of a sysprepped image

Task Timeout Modification Script

  • Modify the task timeout period of each task on version 3.6 or higher.
Using the K2000 UltraVNC during Windows Post Install Tasks - See more at:

Using the K2000 UltraVNC during Windows Post Install Tasks

  • Be able to remote into Windows during Windows PO Tasks
Dismiss Windows 7 Scripted Install Error in WinPE4 and WinPE5
  • Pre Installation task that will dismiss the errors when deploying a Windows 7 SI with WinPE4/5

Disable the DPInst Reboot for Windows 7 or higher Images that use driverfeed

  • disables the reboot for dpinst since it is not needed for Windows 7 or higher
Using the K2000 UltraVNC during Windows Post Install Tasks - See more at:

Kace Appliance Package Export Report

  • Creates an .html report of exported packages.

Linux Deployment Toolkit for 3.5 SP1 and 3.6

  • Allows for the deployment of linux kickstart

Automatically Naming a Macintosh Computer using the K2000

  • A script that behaves similarly to wsname for Windows.

Maintain KUID of a Macintosh System using the K2000.

  • capture the kuid of a Macintosh system and put it back to the workstation as a midlevel task.

Screen Resolution Changer

  • A script to either maintain screen resolution from each workstation, or assign a new one.
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Linux Deployment Toolkit for 3.5sp1 and 3.6

As a limited release, we are posting this patch for the K2000, 3.5 sp1 and 3.6 to support linux kickstart deployments from the petemp\kickstart directory.
*Note: downloading the items require KACE support credentials to be entered.

Enable SSH root logon and reboot the K2000 before applying the patch.

3.5SP1 linux deployment toolkit patch.

3.6 linux deployment toolkit patch.

Then read the documentation in full for directions on how to implement this process.

The process does not support RSA deployment of linux at this time.

Please make feel free to comment below on ideas, suggestions or issues.


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