One of the challenges of image deployment is the sheer number of images that administrators try to maintain, store and manage. A process to reduce the amount of images will bring a greatly appreciated level of simplicity to the solution. Hardware Independent Imaging (HII) is an emerging goal for administrators tasked with
provisioning desktops and servers. Hardware Independent Imaging is a process that allows administrators to retain one generic image that can be deployed to many different platforms.
Rev 9 of this document (published Dec 16, 2008) introduced siginifcant changes. The inventory scanner has been designed out of the process. VB scripts have been replaced with compiled autoit scripts (sources included). An experimental method is suggested to inject mass storage drivers. The document covers both OSD and provisioning.
Rev 9.1 (published July 10, 2009) is a minor revision. It consolidates a number of bug fixes, enhancements and clarifications. The most important change is in HAL management. See also this article.
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