Dear Boot Land,
I'd like to thank you all for your hard work and contributions.
Particularly the Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows, WinBuilder and VistaPE development groups as well as the Bootland Forum contributors. I'd also like to thank Claus Valca of GrandStreamDreams at http://grandstreamdreams.blogspot.com/
I've had a fun and interesting if lengthy time putting together Ultimate Boot CD 4 Win disks, BartPE disks, and now Winbuilder + VistaPE thumb drives with OS/X. I thought I'd give something back this time though and post a full guide for step-by-step if folks want to make their own. It may be long and boring but I hope it will help and encourage people to develop their own tools and contribute more to the various Winbuilder groups and VistaPE etc.
The guide covers the following:
Setting up a Virtual Development environment, Windows XP under Microsoft Virtual Machine.
Setting up the Vista SP1 Windows Automated Install Kit.
Setting up WIM mounting.
Setting up WinBuilder 076.
Setting up VistaPE.
Adding Scripts and Drivers to VistaPE.
Adding a few tools and configuring things to work with WAIK + pieces of the Vista SP1 DVD as a source. So that certain things that require both will work. Namely the PGP PE addon.
Injecting the PGP PE addon into the VistaPE build. (Note: Completely Optional not needed unless you have PGP in your environment)
Creating the VistaPE ISO file.
Creating the VistaPE USB thumb drive.
Merging a VistaPE USB thumb drive and an OS/X bootable thumb drive to make a thumb drive that can boot both Macs and PCs (doesn't include how to make an OS/X bootable thumb drive, just how to merge one, there are plenty of other guides on the net for how to make a mac bootable thumb drive).
The below is the step-by-step start page that has both Web version and PDF version as well as a zip of some example files to get things going.
I hope you all enjoy and find this information useful.
P.S. I apologize for the length of this document but I tried to make it thorough and fairly step-by-step for most situations. I would also appreciate it if anyone successfully complete's the guide and finds it useful to post here. If you have constructive complaints or suggestions those are welcome as well.
*updated 07-24-2009* includes fixes for Hotplugging USB from CTMAG (Also fixes the detection of usb keyboards/mice on many platforms such as Dell Optiplex 745, 760), see section VI. Part C on modifying 04-additonal.script, updated a few other files as well to account for the vistape.cfg file already being in the WIM file. updated a few tools and other bits. Updated section on verifying ghost image of OS/X dual boot image. Includes warning now about non-matching new/old size during restore. Added possibility of copying VistaPE.wim's Tools folder out into Target\Vistape-core\ folder to allow use of tools on the Living OS of the machine if not booting from the cd or thumb drive.
*updated 07-27-2009* with suggestions from Jaclaz for U3 drives. Also changed PGP page to include references to disccryptor and truecrypt script files in VistPE Winbuilder download tree. Few minor updates here and there.
*updated 07-28-2009* with section on RMPrepUSB to properly wipe/setup USB Thumb drives.