Image deployment involves customizing the operating system (OS), applications, drivers and settings on a single computer and creating an image of it, then automatically deploying this image to other computers. It is sometimes referred to as cloning as well, because the configuration of all computers is same after deployment. Image deployment enables you to efficiently and rapidly set up multiple computers which are configured the same way and with the same software.
There are obvious reasons to deploy image in any size of organizations that need to configure multiple computers for the following advantages:
Most organizations know the advantages of image deployment solution and there are many OS deployment tools on the market for this task. However, some of them are extremely hard to use and some of them don’t support the latest technology. Besides, organizations received computers over the years from many manufacturers have different hardware make and model. Then, is there any easy-to-use and complete image deployment software?
Free AOMEI Image Deploy is your best image deployment software, which guides you through step-by-step wizards, with built-in universal restore technology, allowing users of any skill level to deploy image to multiple computers with identical or dissimilar hardware. What's more, this freeware supports all windows operating systems, including Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2003/2008 (R2)/2011/2012 (R2)/2016.
Before deploying image to multiple computers, there are a few things that are necessary to confirm and prepare for AOMEI Image Deploy to run smoothly. Let's have a look.
When all the requirements and preparations are ready, please follow the steps to deploy image to multiple computers.
1: Download, install and launch AOMEI Image Deploy. To boot up the client computers, there are two ways to create a bootable WinPE ISO file.
There may be a chance of drivers being incompatible with your hardware and the WinPE cannot start up the client computers. If so, please consider "Create bootable WinPE ISO manually" which allows you to add custom drivers into WinPE.
Tips: To deploy image over network, there must be a DHCP server in your LAN. If no, please tick the checkbox before "Enable DHCP".
2: Once AOMEI Image Deploy shows "The service has started, waiting for connect...", start all the client computers. If all the settings are correct, the computers will boot into AOMEI Image Deploy recovery environment and each computer will display its booting progress as shown below:
At the same time, the booting progress of each client computer (defined via IP address) will display on AOMEI Image Deploy. Once a client computer has successfully connected to the AOMEI Image Deploy service, it will show "Client computers connected". On the client computer, it will also show the local IP, server IP and connection status. When all the client computers have successfully connected to the AOMEI Image Deploy service, tick the checkbox before "I confirm all the client…" and click the "Next".
3: Here you need to specify the image you want to deploy and configure how to deploy it to the client computers.
3.1: Click "Browse" to find the system backup or disk backup image file you have prepared, and then click "Add share or NAS device". In the pop-up window, enter the network or NAS path where the image file is stored. Then, select the image you want to deploy and click "OK".
3.2: Tick the checkbox before the computer (defined via IP address) on which to deploy the specified backup image, or tick the checkbox before "All" to select all the listed computers.
3.3: Input the destination disk number on which to deploy the specified backup image. Normally if there is only one disk in the computer, it is 0. If you are not sure, please remove other disks.
Notes: Image deployment to a client computer may cause data loss if it has. Make sure that you are performing the deployment to the correct computer and to the correct destination disk on that computer.
3.4: Input every time how many computers will be deployed. The more computers you input, the slower the deployment speed will be.
3.5: Click "Settings" to set computer name, set IP, and enable "Universal Restore" if the hardwares of the client computers are different from the computer on which you create the image.
Tips: IP preset and deploying image to computers with different hardware are only available in AOMEI Image Deploy Technician Edition.
4: Here takes Windows 10 system (OS) image deployment and 10 computers for deployment every time for example. If you confirm, click "Start Deploy" to deploy image to computers.
5: Here you can view the image deployment progress of each client computer. Besides, you can choose whether to shut down or restart the client computers after the deployment is completed.
The image deployment task has never been so easy. You just need to make sure that you haven't forgotten an important setting or an important piece of software, since any mistake you make will be cloned to all the client machines. If you support a large batch of computers, AOMEI Image Deploy is your best image deployment software which can save you a lot of time, moeny and effort.