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  • Sysprep to image several identical machines?

    We have just bought ten identical laptops, running Windows Vista Home Premium, and I want to get them all set up the same.

    I want to be able to install all the software on one machine and fully configure it, then use imaging software to create an image I can use to quickly set up the other machines.

    I've read that I need to use Sysprep to generalise the reference machine before I create the image. However, looking at the MS website, I don't know if Sysprep can be used with Vista Home Premium, and further, whether I can use it on this installation, since it came preinstalled.

    Can anyone advise me, please? Also, is this just going to be a case of running sysprep with the command "sysprep /oobe /generalize", shutting down the machine and creating my image?

    Thanks,
    Gary

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    Re: Sysprep to image several identical machines?

    Yes you can use SYSPREP on Vista, its even included in the install.

    c:\windows\system32\sysprep

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    • #3
      Re: Sysprep to image several identical machines?

      Garen,

      Thanks for your reply. Just to confirm, is my plan above correct, i.e.
      1. Run sysprep /oobe /generalize
      2. Restart the computer with my bootable CD containing image writing software
      3. Create an image of the HDD
      4. Restart the computer and as it enters Windows, I'll be prompted to specialise it by entering details again.
      5. Restore all 9 other computers using the image I created, start them up, and specialise them.
      I just want to check, since I've never done this before.

      Thanks,
      Gary

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        Re: Sysprep to image several identical machines?

        Originally posted by garywood84 View Post
        Garen,


        Thanks for your reply. Just to confirm, is my plan above correct, i.e.
        1. Run sysprep /oobe /generalize
        2. Restart the computer with my bootable CD containing image writing software
        3. Create an image of the HDD
        4. Restart the computer and as it enters Windows, I'll be prompted to specialise it by entering details again.
        5. Restore all 9 other computers using the image I created, start them up, and specialise them.
        I just want to check, since I've never done this before.

        Thanks,
        Gary
        I'm not familiar with the command but in the past, I ensure sysprep is in a folder on the C drive called sysprep and then use the GUI to configure as appropriate. I even included an answer file at times to speed up the setting up of machines.

        The sysprep folder will be deleted when you roll the image out to other machines, so no users can play around with it.

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        • #5
          Re: Sysprep to image several identical machines?

          Thanks, Virtual. What kinds of things can I put into an answer file and how do I make one?

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          • #6
            Re: Sysprep to image several identical machines?

            Have a look here, you may find all you need in these articles:
            - Windows Vista Deployment Step-by-Step Guide
            - Getting Started with the Windows AIK

            More explanations here: Deploying Vista with Sysprep and ImageX.
            Take a look at this toy also: MySysprep2. Never played with it, I talked to a friend few days ago and he mentioned it.
            Last edited by sorinso; 11th March 2009, 13:37. Reason: more info added ...

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            • #7
              Re: Sysprep to image several identical machines?

              Originally posted by garywood84 View Post
              Thanks, Virtual. What kinds of things can I put into an answer file and how do I make one?
              Sorinso has given you some good links to find out.

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