To me aesthetics (even if I can’t spell that without the help of a spell-checker) are very important; basically, if it “looks” shoddy, haphazard, or thrown together, it probably is. This goes for things like a GUI (and is the reason I worked hard on making UI++ *look* polished as well as actually working well) and for things like the backgrounds shown during operating system deployment (OSD). For every customer that I’ve ever worked with, I’ve created a custom set of boot image backgrounds for this very reason (some better than others of course).
Boot image backgrounds, in addition to looking nice, can add value to the process also though. Anyone that has used MDT or UDI know this as they switch out the backgrounds during the process to indicate different phases of the deployment. That’s nice, but the value is (debatably) minimal at best IMO. What does add value though is being able to identify which boot is currently being used on a system during OSD. A very easy way to do this is to simply tattoo the boot image version on the boot image background.
With that, I’ve created a couple of generic boot image backgrounds for anyone to use. Enjoy!
Generic Boot Images
If you want me to customize these for you or want some completely customized for your organization, please let me know using this blog’s contact page.