I am researching a new workstation deployment strategy for my company. As it stands right now we are building every workstation by hand and this takes massive amounts of time. The step that takes absolutely the longest is Windows Updates.
I currently have setup a Windows Deployment Server for testing and I have tried the following two methods to try to create a .wim that contains the latest windows updates.
I built a workstation from scratch and installed all of the necessary applications and made sure it was fully up to date. I then booted the reference workstation with Windows PE and captured an image of the workstation using the
I then did a test deployment to a target workstation and it successfully installed. The only issue though is that none of the updates from the reference workstation seem to carry over. When I check Windows Updates on the target workstation it said I have over 100 updates.
While I realize this method is not hardware agnostic I am OK with managing a .wim file for each model workstation that belongs to our company. This is irrelevant though because Windows Updates seem to not be captured.
I attempted to follow this guide to inject the Windows Update packages directly in the generic
install.wim that comes on the Windows 7 DVD.
I then deployed this
install.wim to my target workstation but I still have around 60 updates when I check Windows Updates. However the update packages that the wsusoffline tool downloads are included in the capture. So it seems to me that wsusoffline tool is not downloading all of the windows updates that are available.
How can I deploy/capture a .wim with the latest Windows Updates included? Is this even possible?