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KACE Streaming WIM Toolkit (KSWIM)

**The streaming toolkit will be removed in the near future as the SDA now has the ability to capture and deploy streamed image as of version 5.1.xxx.


By default, a KACE captured WIM is deployed by first copying the .wim to the local desktop and then deploying the wim to the workstation.  This was done to accommodate multitasking in the K2000.  However, this does not leave many options for those that are deploying onesies and twosies via unicast.  Many users find that deploying the .wim by streaming it directly to the workstation is faster than the default.

 

KSWIM is a revision of the Kace Native Imaging Toolkit (KNIT) to accommodate this process.  The .pkg files are “fake” kimages, basically having enough information contained within them so the K2000 thinks it is a certain type of image (1 partition 32/64 bit image, 2 partition 32/64 bit image, UEFI 32/64 bit image and 1 partition 32/64 bit XP image).  Each of the images have particular tasks assigned to them already; creating/formatting the partions,  a midlevel task to delete those files and then a task to deploy the wim from the K2000.  The deployment task and the image are set up as templates for you to duplicate and then modify in order to keep the originals as examples.

 

There are complete instructions in the download of the toolkit. One must be a member of the K2000 ITNinja Community to download.

The instructions for the toolkit can be accessed without being a member.


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Comments

  • This will be really helpful. Thanks for posting it! - tekfiend 6 years ago
  • Another benefit of this setup is that you can now swap out an image file and leave the post-install tasks in place. For those of us with a lot of post-install tasks this will be a great solution. Thanks! - chucksteel 6 years ago
    • Hi
      I'm not sure how to use this setup. I have 4 base images and I duplicate them with different post install task so I have about 40 different wim images.
      if I make changes to the 4 master images, do I have to re do the different tasks (40 of them)? - psaussey 5 years ago
  • the download seems to be empty... - rdbaril 6 years ago
    • Works for me, make sure you are a member of the K2000 Community.
      -Corey - cserrins 6 years ago
  • Can someone update the PDF? The first step is to down load the "native_imaging_package" that doesn't even exist in the download page. - rmunesaleum 6 years ago
    • if you read the last paragraph you must be a member first. I just approved you, now go join the k2000 community and the link in the last paragraph will then work
      once you join the k2 comm click on the link marked:
      "download of the toolkit" and it prompt you to save - SMal.tmcc 6 years ago
    • PDF was updated with a link to this page and I made a separate download of the .pdf available without being a member of the K2000 community.
      -Corey - cserrins 6 years ago
  • Can someone update the PDF? The first step is to down load the "native_imaging_package" that doesn't even exist in the download page. - rmunesaleum 6 years ago
  • Can someone update the PDF? The first step is to down load the "native_imaging_package" that doesn't even exist in the download page. - rmunesaleum 6 years ago
  • Does anyone know the time that this saves while deploying compared to a traditional WIM file? We don't have multicast enabled at all on our network, and we will image up to 48 machines at once via uniscast traditionally. I'm trying to figure out if this will save a lot of time. - sfigg 6 years ago
    • It depends on your environment, but we provided this option for a reason ;)
      -Corey - cserrins 6 years ago
      • Sweet - I'll try this out once I'm approved for the group. I haven't thoroughly combed through the whole PDF yet, but there isn't anything with this process that can't be undone, right? It looks like just the addition of tasks and editing of duplicated images. - sfigg 6 years ago
    • Correct, you are just importing a small kimage and some tasks, they can all be removed. The tasks deploy the .wim that the K2 captured.
      -Corey - cserrins 6 years ago
  • I have followed the inst. but get an apply image error. I am using a single part, Win7 x64. What should my pre install tasks be. Single C: part capture. - wessdf 6 years ago
  • Can driver feed be used with this? - cisiever 5 years ago
    • Yes, just tick the box for driver feed. The process happens after user mid-level tasks.
      -Corey - cserrins 5 years ago
  • When a machine is being imaged using WIM streaming, is it pulling the image from the RSA or the K2000? - flip1001 5 years ago
    • If you are deploying from am RSA, it will pull the image from the RSA. Just make sure to sync out the image it's referencing along with the swim deployment. - warmep 5 years ago
  • Does this apply to imaging from a usb as far as applying the image directly instead of copying? Also waiting on the approval. - ras315 5 years ago
  • This works very well. - TimHR 5 years ago
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