How to Image a Target Device Using the Imaging Wizard

  • CTX125740
  • Created onMar 26, 2014
  • Updated onMar 28, 2014
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This article describes how to image target device using the Imaging Wizard.


  • Enable Windows Automount on Windows Enterprise Server operating systems.

  • Disable Windows Autoplay.

  • Remove any virtualization software before performing a conversion.

  • Verify adequate free space exists on the destination, which is approximately 101 percent of used space on the source volumes.

  • Select a Network Interface Card (NIC) for imaging that has a binding to PVS, which is the NIC binding chosen during the installation of the Target Device software.


The new Imaging Wizard is provided with the release of PVS 5.6, which automates the following steps:
  • Adding target device to collection.

  • Creating vDisk in the PVS database.

  • Image the operating system to that file without having to physically go to a PVS Server.


Complete the following steps to image target device using Image Wizard:
  1. Log on to the master target device using Active Directory account with local administrative privileges.
  2. From the master target device's Windows Start menu, select Citrix > Provisioning Services > Imaging Wizard. The wizard welcome page appears.

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    Note:  If both .NET 3.0 SP1 or newer is installed and Windows Automount is enabled, the Imaging Wizard starts automatically after the target device product installation completes.

  3. Click Next. The Connect to Farm page appears.

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  4. Type the name or IP address of a PVS Server within the farm to connect, and the port used to connect.

  5. Use the Windows credentials (default), or type different credentials and click Next.

    The Select New or Exisiting vDisk page appears.

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  6. Select to create a new vDisk (default), or use an existing vDisk by typing the vDisks name, and click Next.

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  7. The New vDisk page appears. Type the vDisk Name and choose a vDisk Type and click Next.

    The Configure Image Volumes page appears.

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  8. Select the source volumes for imaging in the Source table. The vDisk partitions will be an exact replica of the master target device's hard disk drive unless the partitions are deselected.

  9. Select the destination volumes and size them as needed in the Destination table.

    Note: Type of file system associated with the selected volume must be NTFS.

  10. In Total allocated text box, verify the amount of space to allocate to used and free space for all selected volumes.
  11. In Total capacity, verify the amount of space not allocated to used or free space of any volume.

    • To reserve space on the virtual disk for creating or extending volumes later, change the unallocated space.

    • To change the unallocated space to a specific value, type the number of megabytes.

    • To increment the unallocated space by one megabyte, click the Up arrow button.

    • To decrement the unallocated space by one megabyte, click the Down arrow button.

    • To change the unallocated space to zero megabytes, click the Reset button.

    Note:  The maximum capacity of a vDisk is 2040 GB.
  12. In Total unallocated, use the Up and Down arrows to select the amount of space to leave unallocated. Click Next.

  13. The Add Target Device page appears. Type the target device name and click Next.

  14. The machine name cannot be used as the name for the target device being imaged. If the target device is a domain member, use the same name as in the Windows domain, unless that name is the same as the machine name being imaged. When the target device boots from the vDisk, the name entered here becomes the target device machine name.

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  15. Select the NIC (which contains the MAC address) and the collection to add this device and click Next. If the target device is already a member of the farm, the Existing Target Devices page appears. Click Next.
    The Summary of Farm Changes page appears.

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  16. Verify all changes, and then click Optimize for Provisioning Services. Choose OK and click Finish.

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  17. A confirmation message appears. Click Yes on the confirmation message to reboot and start the imaging process.

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  18. Log on to the target device. Citrix XenConvert starts automatically.

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  19. Click Finish. Desktop of target device appears.

  20. Open PVS Console. Choose the newly created vDisk, open File Properties and select Active Directory Machine Account Password Management.
  21. Using PVS Console, choose the newly created target device and change the Boot from option to vDisk. Using drop-down menu Active Directory, create a Machine Account.

  22. Change boot device to PXE.
  23. Reboot target device.

The target device will boot from vDisk.

Additional Resources

For additional information see CTX124791 - Citrix Provisioning Services 5.6 SP1 Installation and Configuration Guide:
Using the Imaging Wizard, page 111.

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