Multiple windows installation isos on one disk and update automation

Discussion in 'Application Software' started by coolhandpuke, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. coolhandpuke

    coolhandpuke MDL Novice

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    Ok Guys,

    First post here and have to say mainly because the search function is great and I have used tons of stuff from here, including loaders, finding oem versions, bios changer to name a few.

    So here is my question and I am hoping that you guys can help!

    1) I install various operating systems every week, including and not limited to, windows 7, windows 8 and windows xp (all versions!)

    2) I am constantly re burning these install disks and wanted to try a better? Faster? and easier to store way and considered using usb pen drives? SD cards or the like to install the versions I need, around 5 4gb sd cards might do it? BUT I was also wondering is there a way to have say an external usb hard drive with 4 or 5 partitions and each install being on each partition? But then I asked myself how would you be able to tell the computer which partition to use??? So any help on this would be great even if it is at all possible!

    3) Once I have the systems installed on each machine then its on to the laborious task of UPDATES UPDATES UPDATES! I have played around with a few options from here, namely WINDOWS UPDATE DOWNLOADER, but all I can seem to do is download all the files which is great, especially if we have a network breakdown or something BUT I want to then be able to automate the instasll of the downloaded updates?? I am fairly sure that a fully automated download all updates, install, restart comp if necessary, then re carry on downloading and updating all on its own is probably impossible? But how close can I get?

    Any ideas or flaming is accepted lol, im sure flaming will also make me learn more

    in advance thanks to anyone that take the time to read this and offer up more to the discussion

    Cheers

    CHP
     
  2. cmos

    cmos MDL Junior Member

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  3. cole31

    cole31 MDL Novice

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    i am currently testing yumi. i have the same issue as you (i am using a 16GB USB strictly for OS installs) and i hate having to constantly format and recreate the usb to put a new op system on. so i will get back to you if the yumi works. if you do find anything let me know i am interested in this too. but in the mean time i use zotac usb creator. it can be found in the mdl projects.
     
  4. coolhandpuke

    coolhandpuke MDL Novice

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    Nice cmos thanks will be reading up on those 2 and cole ....yumi???? never heard of it looking at that now too and SOUNDS like just what I need, will start testing this too and let you know
     
  5. cmos

    cmos MDL Junior Member

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    @coolhandpuke ... it just takes its time, try to read the explanations and you'll see that it's one of the best solutions ... and customizable ...
    best regards,
    cmos
     
  6. coolhandpuke

    coolhandpuke MDL Novice

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    OK so it seems that the install various os's from 1 place is done using Easyboot, THX again cmos or yumi most likely will do the job too although I am starting off with Easyboot as I think it has more possiblilities/options.

    NOW what about the AUTOMATED UPDATES? Any ideas on this?
     
  7. cmos

    cmos MDL Junior Member

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    If you talk about windows systems(xp->8.1) it's better to use nLite and WinToolkit and make yourself your updated isos.
    cmos
     
  8. cmos

    cmos MDL Junior Member

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    #8 cmos, Oct 6, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2013
  9. coolhandpuke

    coolhandpuke MDL Novice

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    cheers mate, these seem very much like WUD which will just download the files and then i can add them to a custom ISO? What I want on top is like a batch windows update installer?

    I suppose with my new method of installing now I could always make my own ISO with all the most up to date servicepacks/updates added and then stick with that until the new updates beome to many again and rebuild another iso but would much rather have a batch installer? Anything like this going or being worked on?

    cheers again. chp
     
  10. cocachris89

    cocachris89 MDL Senior Member

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    Windows XP is becoming EOL, so you could use nLite to integrate all available updates to it. There are several programs that can be used to search for all available download and save them for slipstreaming/integration. nLite can also be used to create an answer file that can be used for an unattended install.

    As for Windows 7 > I have an unattended install file creator; the link is in my signature.

    However, with updates for 7/8 coming out nearly weekly, you'd need to download and slipstream these updates constantly. You can integrate the updates using RT Se7en Lite; however I'm not sure if this will be suitable for 8.

    I have one 8GB usb drive that has the windows 7 AIO (x86/x64, Home, Pro, Ultimate Enterprise etc.) installation disk on it, another one for Windows 8 (x86/x64, Core, Pro, Pro w/ WMC and Ent.), as well as another for Server 2008 R2. You can use this for making a windows 7 AIO, however it is a little buggy.

    For Windows 8, you can use the same method, however I used this one instead. Its a bit more tedious and you have to work with the command line, however I think its better (if you know what your doing).

    If you have a domain controller, you can PXE boot a computer and select from the PXE menu what OS you want to install (XP,7,8) from the AIO you have created. If not, a dedicated USB for each OS (XP,7,8) would be better and quicker then burning CD/DVDs.

    There are heaps of tools that can be used to make a ISO bootable; there is a tutorial here. The main ones I use are UNetbootin, Universal USB Installer and Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool.

    Hope this helps you out :D
     
  11. cmos

    cmos MDL Junior Member

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    Hi,
    They seem to be similar, but they are not ...;) it's up to you ...
    A batch it's more difficult to manage IMHO.


    For me, integration of the new KB's(/SP's) every 3 months it's the best way of time saving on testing the new isos, and installing the os's to the final pc's(once the iso has the KB's integrated you don't need to perform the update of tens of KBs, which lately takes at least 30-60mins).

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