Windows 10: Macrium viBoot - Create Virtual Machine using Macrium Image  

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  1. Posts : 11,858
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       26 Aug 2016 #50

    Geeks check this out (quote from Tell your backup software, win Macrium Reflect Home license! - Windows 10 Forums):

    Kari said: View Post
     Tell your backup software, win Macrium Home license!


    Ten Forums gives two lucky winners a free license of Macrium Reflect Home edition, courtesy of Macrium Software (one license is at the moment worth €62.95).

    Rules are simple: answer the poll, post your reasoning in this thread before 12 noon UTC Saturday 3rd of September 2016. You must both answer the poll and reply this thread to participate. Posts from Ten Forums admins, mods and team members will not participate in drawing.

    Two winners are drawn in next TenForums Saturday Live Chat on September 3rd, see TF Live Chat thread for schedule. Drawing will be done live during the chat, geeks as we are in a geeky way

    TF Live Chat will also include live presentations of Macrium Reflect & viBoot, see post #2 in chat thread for more information.

    OK geeks, start posting about your backup software & strategy

    Entries deadline 12 noon UTC on Saturday 3rd of September, 2016. Countdown to deadline:
    Countdown to Sep 3, 2016 12:00 Noon in UTC

    Another quote that might interest you (from post #2 in TenForums Saturday Live Chat 03-SEP-2016 - Windows 10 Forums):

    Kari said: View Post
    The TF Saturday Live Chat this time will include Macrium Software live presentations:



    See this thread to win Macrium Reflect Home license: Tell your backup software, win Macrium Free Home license! - Windows 10 Forums
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  2.    31 Oct 2016 #51

    Sysprep and viboot


    I know from the excellent tutorials, you can sysprep (and generalise) windows 10 in a vm and save generalised image using Macrium Reflect - indeed I have done this myself.

    Easy enough to do installing vm, and adding win32 apps as required.


    What I really wanted to do is clone my existing physical install, restore image in hyper-v, generalise and create new image but I ran into issues with disk sizes as the macrium restore step needs the same amount of disk space as the original physical disk even if the c drive is small.


    I was wondering if there was a simpler way using viboot e.g.

    Open macrium image using viboot which does work

    Enable hidden admin account

    Sysprep and generalise

    Save macrium image from viboot.

    Any ideas if this would work, and would I need to do anything special?
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  3. Posts : 11,858
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       31 Oct 2016 #52

    cereberus said: View Post
    I was wondering if there was a simpler way using viboot e.g.

    Open macrium image using viboot which does work

    Enable hidden admin account

    Sysprep and generalise

    Save macrium image from viboot.

    Any ideas if this would work, and would I need to do anything special?
    Yes, I've done that, been there, it was so plain and simple I didn't even get the T-shirt

    This is how I do it:

    • Create a system image of on a physical machine running system
    • Mount the image in viBoot
    • Boot the viBoot vm
    • When on desktop, press Win + R to open Run dialog, type
      %windir%\system32\sysprep\syspre.exe /audit /reboot and hit Enter
    • Windows reboots to Audit Mode with built-in admin account which does not need to be activated
    • Customise, personalise, change what you want to, add / remove users and software
    • Run Sysprep
    • Save changes by creating a new image in viBoot
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  4.    31 Oct 2016 #53

    Kari said: View Post
    Yes, I've done that, been there, it was so plain and simple I didn't even get the T-shirt

    This is how I do it:

    • Create a system image of on a physical machine running system
    • Mount the image in viBoot
    • Boot the viBoot vm
    • When on desktop, press Win + R to open Run dialog, type
      %windir%\system32\sysprep\syspre.exe /audit /reboot and hit Enter
    • Windows reboots to Audit Mode with built-in admin account which does not need to be activated
    • Customise, personalise, change what you want to, add / remove users and software
    • Run Sysprep
    • Save changes by creating a new image in viBoot
    Thanks - it is even simpler than I thought!

    Will try it tonight.

    Combination of MR and Viboot to me makes all otjer image tools second class citizens!

    I reckon this is worth a tutorial in its own!
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  5.    01 Nov 2016 #54

    cereberus said: View Post
    Thanks - it is even simpler than I thought!

    Will try it tonight.

    Combination of MR and Viboot to me makes all other image tools second class citizens!

    I reckon this is worth a tutorial in its own!
    Well I got there in the end - I ran to a few problems as it would not generalise during the sysprep phase as it came up with an error that one of the uwp apps was installed for a user but not provisioned (whatever that means?) but I could sysprep without generalising, and then go back to the original user admin account and delete the package (had to learn the powershell commands).

    Had to do this three times switching between original and adminstrator account but got there in the end!

    I now have a generalised Macrium image with all my win32 apps etc installed (would take a couple of days to reinstall).
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  6. Posts : 11,858
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    Thread Starter
       01 Nov 2016 #55

    Generalizing is only important if the image will be deployed (restored) to different hardware, and to make personalising and customisation settings (desktop, theme etc.) to be copied to default user profile.

    If image is only ever intended to use on the original hardware and no desktop customisations are required, you don't have to use /generalize switch.

    More: Windows 10 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep - Windows 10 Forums
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  7.    01 Nov 2016 #56

    Kari said: View Post
    Generalizing is only important if the image will be deployed (restored) to different hardware, and to make personalising and customisation settings (desktop, theme etc.) to be copied to default user profile.

    If image is only ever intended to use on the original hardware and no desktop customisations are required, you don't have to use /generalize switch.

    More: Windows 10 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep - Windows 10 Forums

    Yes - sure but I actually do want to be able to install on another pc.

    I thought it was worth mentioning the issues re. uwp apps as it took a bit of digging to work out solution.

    I
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  8. Posts : 11,858
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    Thread Starter
       01 Nov 2016 #57

    Yes, of course.

    I generalize all my deployment images just because of that: As long as a PC has disk(s) big enough to allow restoring my image, I don't have to think its hardware. A generalized image can be used on any machine capable of running Windows.
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  9.    01 Nov 2016 #58

    viboot and network access.


    When I load a macrium image of a physical pc in a hyper-v vm using viboot, the network access is shown as disabled. I tried to change network settings in Windows and hyper-v but cannot get it working. I am sure I am missing something simple?
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  10. Posts : 11,858
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    Thread Starter
       01 Nov 2016 #59

    You need of course set a viBoot vm to use an existing virtual switch when setting it up. Extract from Ten Forums Macrium viBoot tutorial, see #4 in step 2.6 and in screenshot:

    2.6) Name the vm as you wish (#1), assign RAM (#2), specify the number of virtual processors (#3, I recommend accepting default value), and select an external virtual switch from drop down list (#4). Click Finish:

    Click image for larger version. 

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    By default no switch is selected, hence no network connection.
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