How to import images from 6.9 to 7.x, or move images in 7.x?

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Question:
How to use the images which are created with Deployment Solution (DS) 6.9 in Deployment Solution 7.x?
In Deployment Solution 7.x, how to move an image from one storage location to another?


Answer:
Importing Images:
Importing images created with DS 6.9 into DS 7.0 is not supported, but it can be done in DS 7.1 and above using a utility named ResourceImportTool.exe. It is important to note that if the Symantec Management Agent (SMA) is not installed in the image, that when it is booted the first time, any post-configuration tasks will not run because the agent cannot communicate with Symantec Management Platform (SMP) or DS server.  The agent could possibly be injected, but to recommend recapturing the image after adding the SMA and the Deployment plug-in.

The ResourceImportTool.exe tool is located in the "\Program Files\Altiris\Deployment\Tools" folder. When this tool is run, a command prompt and GUI interface are opened. The import tool lets to select the image to import using a standard path or using a URL to a HTTP location. Check if the image was prepared using Microsoft's Sysprep tool and the type of operating system the image contains.
Important: The OS selection is critical to a successful image import.
Note: Sysprepped images are imported as "Disk Image" types. Non-Sysprepped images are imported as a "Back-up Image" types. If there is an image that was intended for distribution but was not created using Sysprep, specify that it was a sysprepped image anyway. Restore such an image and then create a new image including the use of Sysprep.

Moving Images in DS 7.x:
With DS 7.x, moving image files to a different location than the one it was created in, is not currently supported because of the unique folder structure and resource entries created for each image file. This limitation, however, can be overcome by making a "filler" image (of a DOS system or something small) at the new location where the image needs to be moved, and then replacing the image file (.IMG or .GHO) with the one from the "old" location.
Important: The name of the filler image MUST match the name of the image where it should be moved to.