I am sure that the main reason people look into bootable OS is to have the ability to image a local disk of their main drive (assumption!), Well it was mine!
Thanks to Reboot.Pro I now have a great solution of booting Winpe via PXE (TFTPd) where i am then able to restore a image to a device, without having to be anywhere near the computer - this is great.
The only problem with this is that you are only ever up-to-date from the last image you have of this machine. This has so started my look into backup/cloning/mirroring solutions so i could have a more up-to-date image.
The ideal to this would to be able to take a capture of the local disk nightly - backing it up to a network drive. For I am using wim files, imagex doesn't allow to capture of the booted drive (for the BCD/windows files are locked). Little more research showed there are a few application out there that allow the capture of a booted drive;
But also there is a sysinternals application (disk2vhd) that allows the capture of the local disk to a VHD.
What I would like to be able to do is capture my local drive (maybe with some exclusions) - to a wim (prefferably), that could be a scheduled task. This way if a machine were to fail, it could always be restored to a more present version.
Has anyone had any experience in these fields? any suggestions/lesson learnt? is it possible?