"And unfortunately would take all day, maybe if there was nothing to do here but I don't have the time to write a walkthrough I'm afraid. There'll be plenty around on the internet."
Actually, that was what I was asking, if anyone knew where I could find the info, as I have been unable to do so
Remarks like that just make those of us who know less than you do feel even more stupid, and less likely to ask questions in the future.
The only thing I'll add to plexer's thing is, make sure you backup the sysprep folder somwhere else too, another copy on the local C: drive or on a network share or wherever, because Windows will delete any C:\sysprep folder on reboot as it may contain the Admin password etc and istn' needed after reboot.
Useful guide Ben but it's tough to read as there's a lot of typos and lack of punctuation so it's confusing even when I know what you mean... :?
Got it all except this bit!Originally Posted by plexer
Thanks a lot
Ok I edited out the typos for you.
This is pretty much the same procedure as when you roll an image out, only on the server instead of checking the 'Load to Clients' button you choose the 'Dump from Client' button.
The client count will automatically be set to '1'.
Choose where to save the image, and click the 'Accept Clients' button.
ps. sorry I was a bit abrupt before, didn't mean to be, onyl noticed it sounded a bit harsh rereading your quote. *hug*
And it seems, the entire post!Originally Posted by plexer
Thanks again everyone
Bit short fused here I'm afraid
Spent all last week thinking I was going to lose my job as I had ordered the wrong stuff
Thankfully found the original order specifies desktop, and the requested update, in which I specified 'same spec' - has mini towers.
All your help will be very useful I hope
I'll give it a go
plexor - where is your post?
I need to follow your instructions!!
@Witch: Ok just for you as I realise you were the topic starter and the one grateful for the help unlike someone else here its is:
Plus I forgot to add like mrfogetful said I keep all my answer files and different version of sysprep and things on a shared folder for techie staff only then I can access all my documents and technical resources from anywhere. You could keep it in a folder on your share that holds your images.Ok preparing a station for imaging I actually have a different image for each hardware type.
Install windows and configure it how you want them all to be settings, appearance, desktop etc...
Install any applications you may want I install mine afterwards with GPO's but some people put them on the image.
You need to use setupmgr.exe to create an answer file for the windows mini setup. A small guide to doing this is www.networkclue.com/os...stall.aspx <--- there.
The you create the sysprep folder on the c: drive and include your answer file and the sysprep files.
Run sysprep and choose the mini setup option and the shutdown option.
Once sysprep has run the machine will shut down.
You know boot it from your network boot disk or whatever you have to run ghost and you choose the options to clone it to an image on your mapped network drive.
Once this is done you have a clone of this hardware that you can deploy onto other clients.
Now if you reboot the machine you just cloned it will run through mini setup and all you have to do is give it a name and let it finish setup.
Just to note Ben, I wasn't slating you, just noting that it was difficult to read as stated.Originally Posted by plexer
Apologies for any unintended offense caused. This is a professional forum after all.
This is a professional forum yes but that was basically a brain dump from what I can remember and thats probably not the whole story I'm not even at work at the moment as I'm taking a few days off to help the antibiotics sort me out as I'm still trying to get rid of my tonsillitis from 3 weeks ago.
As I said it's taken me a long time to end up with a solution that I'm happy with and I've imaged hundreds of workstations with it.
Ouch!... well get better soon...Originally Posted by plexer
I won't argue with success.. Thanks for sharing...As I said it's taken me a long time to end up with a solution that I'm happy with and I've imaged hundreds of workstations with it.
cotink - actaully, just checked and you are quite right about 9 and 10 - although I could of swarn that I run v9 in one of my schools and its definatly an enterprise edition that i'm running - must check.
V8 though is an enterprise product as V2003 is the home equivilant to that.
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