Configuration Sets in Standard 7 (Standard 7 SP1)


A configuration set is a subset of a distribution share that you create by using Image Configuration Editor A configuration set exports binaries referenced in the unattended answer file and puts them together into a self-contained file set that is available from the Unattend.xml file. You can create a configuration set after an unattended answer file has been validated and saved. Configuration sets are useful when a network share is not available because you can store configuration sets on removable media to use in the field.

A configuration set contains a complete collection of files, drivers, applications, updates, and answer files that you use to customize Standard 7 installations. A configuration set contains all the required binaries packaged with an associated unattended answer file.

The benefits of using configuration sets for unattended installations are as follows:

  • A configuration set is a smaller and more portable version of a distribution share, which can be several gigabytes. You can use configuration sets to install Standard 7 operating systems in the field.
  • Configuration sets are completely self-contained and have no references outside the file set.
  • You can duplicate a configuration set and then edit it for each computer model that you manufacture and release.
    If you use a configuration set during Image Builder, all the contents at the root of the media where the answer file exists are copied to the Standard 7 installation. If many folders and files exist at this level, installation might slow down, and, in some cases, you might run out of disk space.