Creating a Standard Image to Deploy Windows 7

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


Microsoft provides various solutions for deploying Windows 7 to client machines in an enterprise environment. Each solution provides advantages and disadvantages and depends on the company’s requirements. One solution is Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7. It contains documentation and tools – including Windows System Image Manager, ImageX, Windows Preinstallation Environment, and Deployment Image Servicing and Management – to deploy Windows 7 using images. These tools enable IT professionals to create Windows images and answer files and to apply and service the images. This course demonstrates how to create a standard image using SIM, to then apply the image to the client machines using Windows PE and ImageX, and finally to service it using DISM. This course is one of a series in the SkillSoft learning path that covers the objectives for the Microsoft exam: 70-686. Pro: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator. Passing this exam will earn the learner Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator certification.

Target Audience

Individuals undertaking high level Windows desktop administration certification, and possibly Windows Server Enterprise Support certification. The customer base will also include companies using Microsoft Windows desktop and server systems that need their IT staff certified to a high level.


individuals should have at least 3 years experience installing, configuring, and administering clients in a Windows networked environment; Familiarity with client administration in Windows Server; Experience with deployment of operating systems and applications; Familiarity with Windows Server management tools such System Center suite.

Expected Duration

60 min.

Course Objectives

Introduction to the Deployment Process Using AIK

  • compare the Windows 7 installation methods
  • identify the technician computer system requirements
  • Building, Configuring, and Validating an Answer File

  • build an answer file in a given scenario
  • configure, validate, and save Windows 7 settings
  • Creating an Answer File

    Capture a Standard Image

  • recognize how to build a reference installation and how to create bootable Windows PE media
  • recognize how to conduct phase four of the deployment process
  • Service an Image

  • use DISM to service an offline image in a given scenario
  • Creating and Servicing a Standard Image