Operating system deployment provides Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager administrative users with a tool for creating operating system images that they can deploy to computers that are managed by Configuration Manager and to unmanaged computers by using bootable media such as a CD set, DVD, or USB flash drives. The operating system image, in a Windows Imaging Format (WIM) format file, contains the required version of a Windows operating system and any line-of-business applications that have to be installed on the computer.

Operating system deployment provides the following functionality:

  • You can capture an image of the operating system that you want to deploy.

  • You can capture and restore user state by using the User State Migration Tool (USMT).

  • You can deploy the operating system image to a collection of computers.

  • You can create task sequences that perform multiple actions on a computer at the command-line level that do not require user intervention.

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