I was just wondering if anybody has used an armful of bootable flash drives to image a lab. Where there any pitfalls? I intend to begin testing this soon, and might consider it as an alternative to booting from the network.
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So far it seems that actually managing the flash drives will be an ordeal in its own right. The system images I am dealing with seem to be about 10-13GB, and the process so far seems to be:

-Get Image on KBOX
-Make sure unattend.xml is in place as we are not able to script that with KBOX (as far as I can tell)
-Click "create bootable image" and wait for the background task to create it.
-Download compressed image ~5GB, not bad a few minutes
-decompress image... this take quite a while
-install KBE on flash drive
-install image on flash drive, seems to just run xcopy, but it is a large xcopy job and takes at least an hour or so it seems

My only thoughts are to have a large group of machines available to concurrently run all these copies/decompressions/downloads.

Has anybody else tried this?
Answered 07/13/2011 by: muebel
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