||Hardware Independent Imaging Tools. This refers to all tools
discussed in this guide.
||Microsoft tool for reconfiguring a system for first-time use,
or Preparing a System. It clears numerous registry values, prompts
a run of the MiniSetup wizard (that is included in all MS OS’s) and
if given certain files, will auto-configure a system with certain
settings including things like Timezone and others.
||Configuration file used with Sysprep.
||Altiris tool to collect device drivers from a representative
system for later use on new systems. This tool simply collects all
drivers from the system and sends them to the Deployment Server
into a temporary location in the eXpress
share\Temp\DriverCollect\%ID%\. The files only remain in this
location long enough for DriverSort to run.
||Altiris tool to sort collected device drivers into appropriate
locations on the Deployment Server for use in Hardware Independent
Imaging. It looks through all the drivers collected by
DriverCollect and sorts them into folders based on their specific
ID number. Any duplicates are discarded, but different
versions of the same driver are kept.
||This is a function of many of the newer MS OS’s to keep
snapshots of the OS at certain stages of its progress. It is very
useful to be able to roll-back to a previous state, but it takes up
a lot of un-necessary disk-space when capturing images. HIITools
will disable this and delete the snapshots when it captures an
|TA / TAP
||Microsoft tools “Target Analyzer” that capture all the hardware
devices and hardware information on a system. The tool
creates a file that is sent to the DS in a temporary location which
is then parsed by DriverPrep to collect the appropriate device
driver files that will be sent down with Sysprep on a newly imaged
system. TA is the DOS version, and TAP is the WinPE version
of the tool.
||This tool sorts through the PMQ file that Target Analyzer
created, and based on the hardware present, collects all necessary
drivers and HAL files into a temp folder to be copied to the client
system under \Sysprep\Drivers\<OS_Version>\Temp\%ID%.
||Hardware Abstraction Layer. This is the set of files in an OS
that “isolates” the hardware from the operating system. It is
designed to make all hardware look the same to the core OS files so
that changes in the OS do not have to directly understand the
individual hardware types. Common portions of this include
management of PCI, Drive types (i.e. SCSI vs IDE) and BIOS
interaction. If the HAL installed is incorrect, the OS
generally will not run.