MDT allows you to import existing WIM images in Windows Deployment Services into the Deployment Workbench. Import the operating system using the Import Operating System Wizard in the Deployment Workbench.

To import an operating system from an existing image in Windows Deployment Services

1.   Click Start, and then point to All Programs. Point to Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, and then click Deployment Workbench.

2.   In the Deployment Workbench console tree, go to Deployment Workbench/Deployment Shares/deployment_share/Operating Systems (where deployment_share is the name of the deployment share to which the operating system will be added).

3.   In the Actions pane, click Import Operating System.

The Import Operating System Wizard starts.

4.   Complete the Import Operating System Wizard using the information in Table 34.

Table 34. Information for Completing the Import Operating System Wizard

On this wizard page

Do this

OS Type

Click Custom image file, and then click Next.

WDS Server

In Server name, type server_name (where server_name is the name of the Windows Deployment Services server that contains the existing WIM images), and then click Next.


Click Next.


Tip   Click Save Output to save the output of the wizard to a file, or click View Script to view the Windows PowerShell scripts used to perform the wizard tasks.

Click Finish.


The Import Operating System Wizard finishes. The operating system is added to the list of operating systems in the details pane but is not is copied to the deployment share. The Deployment Workbench leaves the operating system image on the Windows Deployment Services server, but the image is now available to LTI.

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