Windows Automated Installation Kit (aik)


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Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK)

  • Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK)

  • Deployment with AIK

  • Windows Deployment Service (Windows DS)

  • SMS 2003/SCCM with OSDFP (Operating System Deployment Feature Pack)

  • Microsoft Deployment toolkit (formerly BDD)

  • Important Settings



Includes tools necessary for image creation and deployment:

  • Includes tools necessary for image creation and deployment:

    • WinPE tools – customize winpe boot cds
    • Imagex.exe – create, modify and apply .wim images
    • Windows System Image Manager - create custom answer file for Windows setup and sysprep
    • Sysprep documentation
  • Currently on version 1.1 with added support for Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008



Build an answer file with Windows SIM on Technicians PC

  • Build an answer file with Windows SIM on Technicians PC

  • Create a master image on clean reference PC:

    • Install Vista from DVD with the answer file on USB flash or floppy drive
    • Check all settings were applied and make any additional changes then run sysprep to generalize and shutdown the system
    • Create a WinPE cd using PE tools and boot
    • Use imagex to capture the c: contents and copy the resulting .wim file to a network location


Deploy the image:

  • Deploy the image:

    • Boot from WinPE cd on target pc
    • Use diskpart to partition the HDD and format the partion
    • Mount the network location and copy the .wim image to c:\
    • Apply image with imagex
  • You can use the User State Migration Tool (USMT) to copy user settings and documents the target PC is not new

  • You can also add a second answer file when applying image for further customization.



Replaced for RIS, however can be run in Mixed Mode

  • Replaced for RIS, however can be run in Mixed Mode

  • Centrally manage wim images

  • Image build and customization similar to using imagex except using its own utility to capture and apply image

  • PXE boot to menu of images

  • Windows Server 2008 version supports multicasting images

  • Can be used in conjunction with SMS OSD



Customizable, centralized, and scalable way to create and deploy Windows operating system images

  • Customizable, centralized, and scalable way to create and deploy Windows operating system images

  • Images captured/installed by its own wizard (winpe cd)

  • Similar to SMS application Packaging, so packages are customizable with wizards and scripting

    • notifications, distribution settings, and network settings
  • USMT integrated in install wizard

  • Deployment highly customizable due to SMS task based system

  • Good reporting



Updated version of BDD 2007 with additions

  • Updated version of BDD 2007 with additions

  • Useful bits:

    • Deployment Workbench
      • Can work in conjunction with Windows DS and/or SMS OSD
      • Uses a database to store client, image and configuration details on a central server
    • Zero Touch and Light Touch Deployment tools
      • Scripts that customizes everything from partition sizes to application installation at end of install
      • Needs SMS/SCCM
    • Extensive documentation on deploying of Vista, XP and Office


DNS: rdg.ac.uk and uncheck change suffix on domain membership change – otherwise KMS activation will fail

  • DNS: rdg.ac.uk and uncheck change suffix on domain membership change – otherwise KMS activation will fail

  • Firewall Settings:

    • Sophos \\vidist\sophospackages\SophosVistaFirewallSettings.cmd
    • SMS
    • ICMP – to enable ping
  • Local Multiple Group Policies

    • Gpedit.msc you get non-administrator GPO
    • Administrator GPO
    • User specific GPO


Pretty much a mixture of all methods.

  • Pretty much a mixture of all methods.

  • Primarily using SMS/SCCM for deployment, as we have been deploying Windows XP lab and staff desktop images for the past couple of years



Just Search Microsoft site for following keywords:

  • Just Search Microsoft site for following keywords:

    • Vista Deployment
    • AIK make sure you download version 1.1
    • SMS OSD
    • SCCM
    • MDT 2008
  • Upcoming TechNet Deployment Event: Windows Vista and Office 2007 - Why and how? 6th May






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