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    Re: XP Deployment

    Check this link from a discussion earlier this week.

    http://www.edugeek.net/index.php?nam...&p=97706#97706

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    Re: XP Deployment

    Again, thanks for all advice. But as I said I am totally new to large scale deployments and have only ever used a disk to disk method.

    Could anyone provide me with total beginners step by step instructions for the easiest and best method.

    Thanks! I am really struggling here.

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    Re: XP Deployment

    Quote Originally Posted by edsa
    Again, thanks for all advice. But as I said I am totally new to large scale deployments and have only ever used a disk to disk method.

    Could anyone provide me with total beginners step by step instructions for the easiest and best method.

    Thanks! I am really struggling here.
    Ghost is the EASIST....

    1/ Make good build

    2/ Make Boot Disks with Ghost

    3/ Upload good build with Ghost Multicast to Laptop

    4/ Take Laptop into Suite and start Ghost Multicast on Laptop

    boot pc's with boot disks and deploy image to all PC's

    6/ Run NewSID and name all PC's and add to Domain..

    This is the easisit and fastest way to build a suite of the same PC spec and build.

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    Re: XP Deployment

    cheers, Ill give that a try.

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    Re: XP Deployment

    You missed out the sysprep.

    Sysprep will take out all the sid info for you, automatically name and join the new pcs to the network.

    all you do is run sysprep before you shutdown and take the image with ghost. It takes a little work to set up the config file for the first time but instructions can be found here.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302577

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    Re: XP Deployment

    Quote Originally Posted by ICT_GUY
    You missed out the sysprep.

    Sysprep will take out all the sid info for you, automatically name and join the new pcs to the network.

    all you do is run sysprep before you shutdown and take the image with ghost. It takes a little work to set up the config file for the first time but instructions can be found here.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302577
    We are doing the easiest way and sitprep is getting slightly complicated..

    Just do a good build and roll it out without Sitprep and there is no little work or any config files to configure..

    Just run NewSID when naming the PC's

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    Re: XP Deployment

    In my experience, PXE and Ghost is the only way to go, if your setup looks just a little like mine - which is old computers with no USB and bootable CD-roms, new cheap computers that each requires a new unique NIC-driver, tons of teachers' homemade programs that doesn't understand RIS or MSI or anything, the need to set various switches on the Ghost-program - and a fast network.

    The short time it takes to set up pays back in no time.

    Just my 2 øre.

    Beermouse

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    Re: XP Deployment

    I currently have it set up with a domain controller running RIS. I have a boot disk that can auto detect the NIC and will use the appropriate driver for each card since our network is comprised largely of older machines pieced together as we go along. This works out great with our networks...nearly seamless. Here's a great step by step guide as to how to set it up including where i found the amazing boot disk. http://www.highwaycsl.com/IT/Ghost/D...With%20RIS.pdf


    The only issue that I have right now is that with windows 2003 sp2 we get WDS instead of RIS. I have my great boot disk that works perfectly for us, but without risme I don't know how to convert it to a WIM for use as my boot file. Perhaps I'm going about this the wrong way but I've only just discovered WDS and haven't had time to do a great deal of reading on it. If anyone's got any ideas on this one I'd greatly appreciate them. Thanks.

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    Re: XP Deployment

    I totally recommend Acronis True Image Workstation. You 'buy' it and install it on your PC then make a recovery CD. You then sysprep the machine you wanna image and then boot it from the acronis recovery CD. You then create a disk image to either a network share, USB drive or DVD, I love the versatility of this software....


    You then take your 2nd machine, boot from CD and then pick RESTORE, you locate the image wherever you stored it and hey presto. It's pretty quick too. Obviously it is slower than multicasting for like 100s of machines but for 10 at a time it's fairly quick and dead simple. I use it all the time. It supports pretty much all hardware out of the box. It automatically lets you net card work on the network and detects USB drives on boot.

    Anyone else rely of Acronis?

    I don't know if using it this way is allowed in the licence but to be fair I only use the 1 cd so I can't see how it is a problem!

    You never have to make boots disks etc or use floppies at all.

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