Imaging Environments are specialized OS’s that are used to boot client computers in order to upload images from or deploy images to.  Images that are created in one environment are not interchangeable with others. There are 3 environments to choose from.

Linux (LIE)

The Linux environment is the default imaging environment and is included with CloneDeploy.  No extra setup is required to use it.  CloneDeploy was created mainly for this environment and in most cases, this is the one you want to use.  It supports imaging a wide variety of Filesystems.

WinPE (WIE)

The WinPE environment is an additional environment created solely for imaging Windows.  Most of the time it is not needed, but does offer some additional features, such as secure boot support.  It also serves as a backup option for computers that are not compatible with the LIE.  Due to licensing restrictions, it is not distributed with CloneDeploy, but I have created an automated tool to create it for you.  See WinPE Imaging Environment for more info.

macOS (MIE)

The macOS environment was created due to the lack of tools needed to support imaging Macs on the LIE.  If you are looking to use CloneDeploy with Apple Computers, this is really the only option.  The LIE may work for you, but it’s really not recommended.  Due to licensing restrictions, it is not distributed with CloneDeploy, but I have created an automated tool to create it for you.  See macOS Imaging Environment for more info.

WinPE Linux MacOS
Supported Filesystems FAT32 / NTFS Almost Anything HFS+
Supported Filesystem Capture Level File File / Block Block
Capture Only Used Blocks Filesystems N/A FAT(12-16-32) / NTFS / exFAT
ext(2-3-4) / XFS / HFS+
HFS+
Supported File Level Filesystems FAT32 / NTFS NTFS / ext(2-3-4) N/A
Supported Partition Type GPT / MBR GPT / MBR GPT
Supported Bios Type Legacy BIOS / EFI Legacy BIOS / EFI EFI
Supported Boot Methods ISO / USB / PXE ISO / USB / PXE USB / NetBoot
Secure Boot Support Yes with
ISO / USB / PXE
Partial - only with
ISO / USB Or
PXE mode set to Grub
N/A
Speed Comparison Slower Than Linux Block
Comparable To Linux File
Faster Than WinPE Comparable To Linux
Multicast Yes Yes No
Supports Dual Boot No Yes - Results Vary No
Supports Boot Camp N/A Yes No
Restore EFI Image To Bios Computer Yes Partial(Only with Standard partition layout) N/A
Restore Bios Image to Efi Computer Yes Partial(Only with Standard partition layout) N/A
Restore 4k Native Image To 512b Yes Partial(Only with File based image) Yes
Restore 512b Image To 4k Native Yes Partial(Only with File based image) Yes
Change Computer Name Yes Yes - Ntfs Only Yes
Restore Image To Smaller Hard Drive Yes Yes - NTFS and
ext(2-3-4) Only
Yes
Expand Image To Fill Larger Hard Drive Yes Yes - NTFS XFS
and ext(2-3-4) Only
Yes
Bless Startup Volume N/A No Yes
Extended Partitions No Yes No

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