47439: Acronis Snap Deploy: Creating Master Image: Online vs Offline

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Last update: 15-04-2021

You can create the master image in either of these ways:

  • In Windows, by using Management Agent installed on the master machine. This type of imaging is called online imaging.
  • By using a bootable media (either Acronis media or WinPE-based media) with Master Image Creator, or by using the command-line utility in a WinPE-based bootable media. This type of imaging is called offline imaging.
  Online Offline
  • Master image is created remotely. No physical presense is required
  • Master image is created without putting the machine offline
  • You can save the image file to the same disk that you image
  • This is the only way to create an image of a machine prepared with sysprep
  • To create an image of Windows XP/Vista/7 Home operating systems, you will need to install Acronis Management Agent locally (remote installation is not possible)
  • Physical presence is required
  • The machine has to be put offline
  • You cannot save the image file to the local disks. You can only save it to a network share or removable media