There is somekind of support to make bootable usb drive with K2000. Does it only add the PE environment to USB and I need connection to K2000 before I can deploy image? Or is it possible to copy my scripted installation, drivers etc. to usb too? I wa thinking that I can send this USB media to my remote site so they can install new computers from there without the connection to K2000. I dont have RSA for this site and it has very slow WAN link.

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K1000 KKE's: https://support.software.dell.com/k1000-systems-management-appliance/kb?k=KKE K2000 KKE's: https://support.software.dell.com/k2000-systems-deployment-appliance/kb?k=kke http://www.itninja.com/blog/view/how-to-create-a-bootable-usb-to-deploy-wim-images
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  • Everything is explained here for USB usage : http://www.itninja.com/blog/view/deploying-images-from-usb-devices-with-the-kace-2000
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Answered 06/06/2013 by: SMal.tmcc
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  • You can use dism to add any needed drivers this way
    Add scripts to the startnet.cmd to automate process
    Add any files/exes to the image in a temp area and delete last as cleanup like the kcleanup.exe (if you create a dir c:\kace you can run kcleanup.exe that is on the k2000) last to delete any files you needed to stage for the install but do not want to leave on the deployed machine.
  • you can also deploy an image at HQ with the scripts in it, do not reboot, recapture that as a wim and redeploy that using imagex at the remote sites. Then kace will put stuff in the image for you.
    • Is it possible to get the same scripted install to work from usb that I can use from PXE?
      • What you would have to do is create a wim from a scripted deployment prior to rebooting. That way the Kace scripts are on the local drive.
  • 1. Deploy the desired image with your scripts. DO NOT REBOOT.
    2. recapture that as a WIM
    3. Create a bootable USB device that will hold the wim.
    4. Modify the startnet.cmd on this USB disk to givesome instruction to run a image.bat file to start the process or automate it if you trust someone not booting to it and toasting their computer.
    5. Create the image bat or add any needed diskpart and format commands to startnet
    6. Call imagex command to deploy the WIM.
    7. After deployed restart and let post image.
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There is a recorded KKE from earlier this year that details the process of creating USB boot environments and deployments.  Good luck!

K1000 KKE's: https://support.software.dell.com/k1000-systems-management-appliance/kb?k=KKE

Answered 06/06/2013 by: andrew_lubchansky
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