Export to split without loading first

ahazuarus

Member
I use flash drives to deploy images, it would save time to export images directly to SWIM without loading first. In this usage case, no loading is required.
 

nuhi

NTLite developer
Staff member
OK, good, noted. Is that Win7?
If it's Win8+, you may want to try ESD format, right-click image (not edition) and choose Convert-ESD.
 

ahazuarus

Member
Windows 10. WIth all the apps we use, image ends up around 15gb. I haven't compared against ESD format but at that size I'm not inclined to give it a try.
 

nuhi

NTLite developer
Staff member
Sheesh, 15GB, yeah ESD would not help.

Btw splitting worked out fine for you on Win10? Asking as MS says not supported.
 

ahazuarus

Member
It works fine so far. I think its unpacking thw swim to install partition first and then runs from there but haven’t looked into it to prove that is what it is doing. Haven’t tested with server 2016 yet.
 

ahazuarus

Member
I was able to do some testing today. My suspicion is correct. Setup.exe dumps the swim files on to target partition and then applies the image from there only after the copy of all the swims have completed. As you would expect, this increases the amount of time to image a machine because it does not unpack directly from the storage device. The "apply" does not happen until the entire copy of the image first. However, this method allows me to leave a new machine bios untouched. I do not need to disable secure boot or uefi mode to boot from the usb and apply the image.
 
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