The PEBuilder tool provided by vRealize Automation provides a simple way to include the vRealize Automation guest agent in your WinPE images.

About this task

PEBuilder has a 32 bit guest agent. If you need to run commands specific to 64 bit, install PEBuilder and then get the 64 bit files from the GugentZipx64.zip file.

Install PEBuilder in a location where you can access your staging environment.

Prerequisites

  • Install NET Framework 4.5.

  • Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7 (including WinPE 3.0) is installed.

Procedure

  1. Navigate to the vCloud Automation Center Appliance management console page.

    For example: https://va-hostname.domain.com.

  2. Click Guest and software agents page in the vRealize Automation component installation section of the page.

    For example: https://va-hostname.domain.com/software/index.html.

    The Guest and Software Agent Installers page opens, displaying links to available downloads.

  3. Click PE Builder utility in the component installation section of the page to download and save the vCAC-WinPEBuilder-Setup.exe file.
  4. Run vCAC-WinPEBuilder-Setup.exe.
  5. Follow the prompts to install PEBuilder.
  6. (Optional) : Replace the Windows 32-bit guest agent files located in \PE Builder\Plugins\VRM Agent\VRMGuestAgent with the 64-bit files to include the 64-bit agent in your WinPE.

Results

You can use PEBuilder to create a WinPE for use in WIM provisioning.