Product Documentation

Using the Imaging Wizard to Create a New vDisk

Sep 28, 2016
Use the Imaging Wizard to automatically create the base vDisk image from a master target device.
Note: Windows XP and Vista are not supported in Provisioning Services 7.6.


Windows NT 5.x:
  • Enable Windows Automount on Windows Server operating systems.
  • Disable Windows Autoplay.
  • Verify adequate free space exists in the vDisk store, which is approximately 101% of used space on the source volumes.
  • Make note of which NIC(s) the master target device was bound to when the Provisioning Services software was installed on the target device. This information is necessary during the imaging process.

Windows NT 6.x:

For Windows 7 and later, the Provisioning Services Imaging wizard changes to a block-based cloning solution in conjunction with Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS).

  • Each local disk partition is cloned separately to the vDisk. If there is a separate "System Reserved" partition on the local disk, it must be included as a source partition.
  • Each destination partition must be equal or larger than the source partition, regardless of the amount of available free space in the source partition.
    • If a larger destination partition is desired, after imaging completes, use Windows disk management "Extend Volume…"
    • If a smaller destination partition is desired, prior to imaging, the source partition can be resized using Windows disk management "Shrink Volume…"
Note: If a Windows reboot request message displays before the imaging process completes, ignore the request until imaging completes successfully.


The Imaging Wizard prompts for information that allows for connecting to the farm as well as information necessary to set the appropriate credentials/Active Directory and licensing information to apply to this particular vDisk.

  1. From the master target device's Windows Start menu, select Citrix>Provisioning Services>Imaging Wizard. The wizard's Welcome page appears.
  2. Click Next. The Connect to Farm page appears.
  3. Enter the name or IP address of a Provisioning Server within the farm to connect to and the port to use to make that connection.
  4. Use the Windows credentials (default), or enter different credentials, then click Next. If using Active Directory, enter the appropriate password information.
  5. On the Microsoft Volume Licensing page, select the volume license option to use for target devices or select None if volume licensing is not being used:
    • None
    • Key Management Service (KMS)
      Note: Additional steps are required to implement KMS licensing after the vDisk image is created. Refer to Managing Microsoft KMS Volume Licensing in the Administrator's Guide for details.
    • Multiple Activation Key (MAK)
      Note: For information on managing MAK Licensing refer to Activating Microsoft MAK Volume Licensing in the Administrator's Guide.
  6. Select to create a new vDisk (default), or use an existing vDisk by entering that vDisks name, then click Next.
  7. If the create new vDisk option was selected, the New vDisk dialog displays.
    1. Enter a name for the vDisk
    2. Select the Store where this vDisk will reside
    3. Select the vDisk format from the appropriate drop-down menus. If the VHD format is Dynamic, from the VHD block size drop-down, select the block size as either 2 MB or 16 MB.
    4. Click Next, then define volume sizes on the Configure Image Volumes page.
  8. Click Next The Add Target Device page appears.
  9. Select the target device name, the MAC address associated with one of the NICs that was selected when the target device software was installed on the master target device, and the collection to add this device to. Click Next. If the target device is already a member of the farm, the Existing Target Devices page appears.
  10. Click Next. Summary of Farm Changes appears.
  11. Optional step, unless the vDisk is used to boot VMs. Select to optimize the vDisk for use with Provisioning Services.
  12. Verify all changes, then click Finish. A confirmation message displays.
  13. Click Yes on the confirmation message to start the imaging process.