Creating Windows image catalogs using Windows SIM

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 12 May 2011 / Last Updated on 11 April 2010]

A tip concerning creating Windows image catalogs using Windows SIM for different system architectures.

When using Windows SIM to create Windows image catalogs, you need to be aware of what system architectures you're going to be deploying Windows onto. Specifically:

-- The x86 version of Windows SIM can be used to create catalogs for x86-based, x64-based, and Itanium-based Windows images.

-- The x64 version of Windows SIM can only be used to create catalogs for x64-based Windows images.

The part where you might get confused however is that both versions (x86 and x64) can be used to read catalogs for any system architecture.

If you plan on deploying only 64-bit versions of Windows 7, it's simplest to use only the x64 version of Windows SIM for both creating and reading catalogs.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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