Using the common NIC
method, a single vDisk can simultaneously support different motherboards,
network cards, video cards and other hardware devices. The result is a vDisk
capable of being used by heterogeneous target devices, greatly reducing the
number of vDisks an administrator must maintain.
Building the Common Image
The steps for building a common image are:
- Configuring the Master Target Device
- Exporting Specific Data Files
- Booting the Master Target Device
- Adding Additional Target Devices to the Common Image
Note: Important! When building the common image, create a vDisk that has enough space to accommodate additional information that is added by the common image build process.
Specific Data Files
- Insert the common NIC into
a target device that will be added to the common image, then boot the target
device from its local hard drive.
the Windows OS must be installed on this target device, the target device
software does not have to be installed.
- Copy CIM.exe from the
removable storage device to this target device.
- At a command prompt,
navigate to the directory in where CIM.exe is located, then run the following
command to extract the information form the target device into the .dat file:
CIM.exe e targetdeviceName.dat
targetdeviceName identifies the first target device
that will use the common image. For example,
Copy the .dat
file created in Step 3 to the removable storage device.
- Shut down the target device
and remove the common NIC.
Note: To include
additional target devices with disparate hardware in the common image, repeat
this procedure for each device, giving each .dat file a unique name.