A tool for automating the installation of the Microsoft Windows operating system on various device platforms.
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This page discusses how Glazier’s configuration files are laid out at the distribution point (web server).
Branches are separate, independent configuration repositories.
The most common use of multiple branches is to have different levels of stability: for example, a “stable” and “testing” branch of the same repository. Changes are checked into the testing branch, and tested under controlled conditions, before being copied over to the stable branch. In this way, broken changes can be caught in testing without affecting end users.
You generally do not need multiple branches just to support different imaging arrangements. A single branch can handle various types of hosts by pinning the config elements.
The general layout of a Glazier config repository looks like this:
The entire configuration is rooted at a web address supplied with
--config_server. For this example, we will assume glazier is hosted under,
The only configuration file that should exist under the very top level of the
config server is
This file’s purpose is to match the host being imaged with a given branch. Because branches are entirely self-contained repositories, we need some way to instruct Glazier which branch to use. This allows the entire remainder of the configuration to be isolated inside of the separate branches.
version-info.yaml contains a dictionary item versions whose contents are key
value pairs made up of the host’s operating system name paired with the name of
In this example, starting the build with
load the config from the testing_branch/ directory.
versions: windows10: 'stable_branch' windows10-qa: 'testing_branch' windows11: 'stable_branch' windows11-qa: 'testing_branch'
Each branch should contain a single
release-id.yaml file. This file contains a
single dictionary key release_id with a value of your desired release
identifier. This gives each release a unique identification which will be saved
to the registry and logs for later inspection.
release-info.yaml contains various metadata about the state of the build.
This metadata is fed into the buildinfo library and supports various internal
behaviors. In a sense, it can be thought of as a configuration file for the
installer, which can be modified and deployed without any changes to the code
supported_models: tier1: [ Windows Tier 1 Device, Another Tier 1 Device ] tier2: [ Windows Tier 2 Device, # Testing ] os_codes: windows10-qa: code: win10 windows10-stable: code: win10 windows11-qa: code: win11 windows11-stable: code: win11
supported_models enables the “support tiers” feature of the installer. Enterprises may have different levels of device support and qualification. By identifying models names as belonging to a given tier, administrators can present different messages to users about whether or not a given host is known and supported by the installer. The installer can present a warning for unknown or deprecated devices with this feature.
os_codes are tied to the
os_code pin type used in the config files. This
feature allows the config files to use a generalized name for a given operating
system, when otherwise the same operating system might have multiple names.
In the example above, we have separate branches for QA
--glazier_spec_os=windows10-qa) and stable
--glazier_spec_os=windows10-stable). These are both Windows 10, and we want
Glazier to attempt to process the Windows 10 configuration in both cases. Rather
than having to apply both names, we generalize both to the code name win10. In
the config files, we can then do this:
- pin: 'os_code': ['win10'] Execute: - [some_installer.exe]
Both branches QA and stable will then treat this command as belonging to the Windows 10 install.