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Hi Folks, wanted to ask if Acronis Snap Deploy 5 has the ability to create a bootable USB drive that will boot the computer and deploy the image directly from the USB vs. pulling the image down from the server? If anyone can point me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance for your time and help! 

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Hello Charles,

Welcome to Acronis forums! Acronis Snap Deploy 5 Standalone Utility fits your scenario to some extent. The only limitation - you'll need to store backups either on a separate media (CD\DVD\USB) or on a network share. You may want trying to overcome this limitation using instructions shared by our experienced users here and here

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Acronis doesn't have it built-in, but if you have a WinPE .WIM loaded with Acronis, you can use asdcmd.exe to deploy images automatically. You can use the Create PE Media wizard that Acronis comes with to make this WIM. You'll need the Windows 10 ADK installed for this.

Simply add a command to startnet.cmd that automatically images the drive. Startnet.cmd is run automatically on WinPE boot. You can also add commands to reboot or shutdown the machine afterwards.

Add the following line to startnet.cmd:

"x:\Program Files\Acronis\SnapDeploy\asdcmd.exe" /deploy /filename:d:\[whatever_image.tib] /harddisk:1 /target_harddisk:1

Then simply make a USB thumb drive with the WinPE WIM:

copype amd64 C:\WinPE_amd64

Copy your WIM fileto in C:\WinPE_amd64\media\sources\boot.wim. Rename your WIM to boot.wim if it isn't so named.

MakeWinPEMedia /UFD C:\WinPE_amd64 V:

V: is the thumb drive

Then booting from the drive, it will automatically load up WinPE and run your startnet.cmd which will run your asdcmd.exe imaging command.