Booting a Run-Time Image for Cloning
After adding the System Cloning Tool component to and building your run-time image in Target Designer, deploy the run-time image to prepare it for cloning.
Boot the run-time image on the target device, allowing First Boot Agent (FBA) to run. After the FBA phase completes, you can update your run-time image by installing additional applications or making additional configurations.
When the run-time image is ready to be deployed, run the Fbreseal utility. This utility resets the FBA so that when a run-time image is deployed, a new machine name and security ID (SID) are generated.
To boot the run-time image and prepare it for cloning
- Boot the device and allow the FBA operations to complete FBA phases 0-8,500. These phases are complete when the device reboots.
- After the device reboots, FBA finishes running phases 8,501-11,999.
A reboot may or may not occur, depending on the FBA operations that are specified for these phases.
- Depending on when the reseal phase is scheduled to occur, perform one of the following tasks:
- If the reseal phase is scheduled for FBA phase 12,000, the run-time image is resealed immediately after FBA is finished. A message box is displayed stating "Machine Resealed! Click OK to reboot". Choose OK to restart the system.
- If you have additional changes to make to your run-time image (installing additional applications, for example), reboot the target device and update your run-time image as required. Then run the Fbreseal.exe utility to reseal the run-time image. For more information, see Reseal Phase and FBRESEAL Commands.
Note The fbreseal.exe tool does not support cloning an image more than once. Once the System Cloning tool reseals a run-time image, the files fbreseal.exe is deleted from the image. This behavior is by design, and it prevents end users from accidentally launching the fbreseal.exe utility in the deployed run-time image.Additionally, cloning an image numerous times can lead to data loss and image corruption of user settings, IIS & database settings, domain memberships and local & group policies.
- If you must reseal the run-time image after fbreseal has been deleted from the system, manually copy the fbreseal.exe to your run-time image.
- After the run-time image is resealed, see Creating a Master Run-Time Image for Cloning.
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