WIM provisioning involves creating a WIM image from a reference machine. The reference machine must meet basic requirements for the WIM image to work for provisioning in vRealize Automation.

The following is a high-level overview of the steps to prepare a reference machine:

  1. If the operating system on your reference machine is Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, or Windows 8, the default installation creates a small partition on the system's hard disk in addition to the main partition. vRealize Automation does not support the use of WIM images created on such multi-partitioned reference machines. You must delete this partition during the installation process.

  2. Install NET 4.5 and Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7 (including WinPE 3.0) on the reference machine.

  3. If the reference machine operating system is Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP, reset the administrator password to be blank. (There is no password.)

  4. (Optional) A Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) agent is required to collect certain data from a Windows machine managed by vRealize Automation, for example the Active Directory status of a machine’s owner. To ensure successful management of Windows machines, you must install a WMI agent (typically on the Manager Service host) and enable the agent to collect data from Windows machines.