Naming windows images.

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  1. The Red Moon

    The Red Moon Registered Member

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    Anybody have any idea how i can individually name any images i create because if i need to restore an image im relying just on dates and some guesswork.
    Any help please.:blink:
     
  2. Kapiti

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    Macrium Reflect gives you the option to name the image before the image is made.
     
  3. Tadoussac

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    +1 .. I'd love to learn how others handle this.

    I manually maintain a change log where I keep track of application additions and deletions from image to image, along with notes about Windows updates and settings tweaks to critical security apps. I store this in a text file where I keep my images.

    It works - but it's easy to get lazy and not keep track of every important detail. Surely there are better ways to do this!
     
  4. Solarlynx

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    When I used windows inbuilt imaging I kept *.txt file to describe what was there. Extremely inconvenient.
     
  5. Sully

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    When using macrium, I start with a baseline image name, such as
    win7x64_base_
    I save this backup job. As I add more to my baseline image, I use that job, which appends a # on the back of this name.

    My baseline image is my most important. I don't reinstall now that I do this, I go back to a baseline image and build up from there.

    In newer versions of macrium I started adding notes to the image, so that when restoring I can see these notes for each image.

    Once I get my baseline just the way I want it, I am then free to modify. As I modify, I will use a naming convention along with the notes within the image to keep track of things. I often use a date as well because the restore process with macrium shows a guid or something, not the name of the file.

    That means alternate version A of baseline might look like
    win7x64_browser_security_01012012
    as I add more to it, it might be
    win7x64_browser_security_media_02012012

    A different alternate version might be
    win7x64_browser_security_gaming_03012012

    What macrium shows in the restore screen is something like
    843ac9201d303da13bf
    which of course means nothing. I filter by date so I can choose the last one usually. But by using the notes feature of the newer macriums I can see in my notes what is going on. The notes are rather limited, so I keep them short and sweet. Often since I am restoring using PE I browse to the image location within PE and compare the date of the file to the correct name, so I am sure which one I am restoring.

    It can be a pain to manage these files, but since I am more concerned with my baseline build than data backup, I don't have too many choises to choose from really. All of my large applications are installed to another drive/partition, and all my data is usually on a NAS box. So for me the OS drive/partition is very small, and my images only contain the OS and small applications like security tools or cd burning software, etc.

    Usually what I do is build up my baseline, then modify an alternate. I use this for a time, until I want to change things. If I am adding a new program/settings, I load that last image up, make the changes, then make a new image. I would then delete the prior image in the series, or maybe only keep the last two images.

    Sometimes I might like to make some major changes. In this case I go back to a baseline image and start over. Some of my baseline images have nothing but windows and preferences, others have applications, but they are all designed to be a complete starting point to a new build.

    My baseline images don't have browsers installed, nor java/flash. Basically anything that would need to be updated on a restoration just gets installed as I build a new OS.

    Sul.
     
  6. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    When you create a backup image with IFW, IFD, IFL you can type up to a 500 character description which is stored in the backup image and can be read prior to a restore.
     
  7. Solarlynx

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    When I use Clonezilla I name the snapshots' folders with name which is a short description what is there and a date.
     
  8. garry35

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    not sure about of other programs but acronis has a button to add a timestamp
     
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