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    I have always used ghost to deploy software on PC's running XP. I would install the XP OS, microsoft updates, software, etc. After that I would create the image files with Ghost and use them to install on other PC's.

    Now I am preparing to roll out Win7 clients and found it doesn't like being ghosted one bit. So I have been playing around with WDS for Win7 clients. Setting up and installing the Win7 OS was pretty straight forward. But how do I go about installing the microsoft updates, software, etc. like I did on my XP clients and then create a master file for other Win7 clients? I'm not seeing that with WDS? Or is it? If not, how are others taking care of this type of problem?

    Thanks so much for any advice!

  • #2
    Re: Using WDS

    Get hold of the WAIK (Windoze Automated Installation Kit) and investigate ImageX
    Basically you create a reference machine with patches, applications etc, sysprep and then image it to a WIM filein WDS

    alternatively, consider deploying updates via WSUS and apps via Group Policy
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    • #3
      Re: Using WDS

      When i had a play with this, i had to sysprep it then did a shutdown.
      after that i booted it back up and made sure it network booted (if it boots normally u have to sysprep it again)
      when it did a network boot i went through the process of uploading the image to the wds server.

      Have a look at for more info.
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      • #4
        Re: Using WDS

        Originally posted by pcsdps
        Now I am preparing to roll out Win7 clients and found it doesn't like being ghosted one bit
        Au contraire mon Capitan, Ghost will work with Windows 7 but you need version 11.5. WDS is a nice free option that has some adventagous features but is also lacks a handy couple of Ghost ones. One thing I don't like about WDS is how it deploys.
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