Mount ISO for installing Windows 10 on client PC's

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Mount ISO for installing Windows 10 on client PC's

Post by sjwestra » Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:19 pm

Hello,

This morning I discovered the ISO file size of the Windows 10 v20H2 installation disk is bigger than 4.7 GB, so I can't burn the installation ISO to a DVD anymore.

Therefore I would like to store the ISO file on my TS-253A in order to install Windows 10 on my client PC's.

Does anyone know what I should do to boot a client PC from the ISO file that is stored on my NAS?

Thanks in advance,

SJW

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Re: Mount ISO for installing Windows 10 on client PC's

Post by dolbyman » Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:15 pm

viewtopic.php?t=148136

I would just put the iso on a stick, the media creation tool has this as an option

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Re: Mount ISO for installing Windows 10 on client PC's

Post by sjwestra » Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:23 pm

Hi Dolbyman,

Thanks and I know.

We have several PC's and each of them needs a dedicated ISO (because the product key is embedded in the ISO). Therefore, I thought it would be practical to have these ISO files on a central place on my NAS and update them every half year.

If you think it's cumbersome to install Windows 10 from a mounted ISO, I will buy some new USB-sticks indeed...

Thanks again,

SJW

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Re: Mount ISO for installing Windows 10 on client PC's

Post by dolbyman » Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:26 pm

besides network boot, there is no network bootable environment loaded at boot, so how do you want to access your iso?

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Re: Mount ISO for installing Windows 10 on client PC's

Post by sjwestra » Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:36 pm

Well, most BIOS configurations of client PC's allow 'boot from network', so I was hoping my NAS was able to share the ISO installation file with the network. And then boot my PC from the network. However, I absolutely don't know how the BIOS will support the ability to select a network share when I 'boot from network'. A scenario like the one that is described on the following site: https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-ins ... -computers

I was hoping my QNAP could act like the client PC that runs a third party tool (Serva) in this scenario.

On the other hand, booting and installing from USB might be more straight forward indeed, so I already ordered some new USB sticks :-)

Kind regards,

SJW

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Re: Mount ISO for installing Windows 10 on client PC's

Post by dolbyman » Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:21 pm

boot from network, is pxe boot ..as mentioned in my linked post

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Re: Mount ISO for installing Windows 10 on client PC's

Post by sjwestra » Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:47 pm

Ah, thanks, I did not follow the link yet...

Just read your post about ‘PXE on docker’ and I think I stick to the USB plan as you suggested. I want to avoid dependencies on third party tools if not really needed.

Thanks!

SJW

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