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    Quick Question - SysPrep

    I normally only handle servers and now I am back to dealing with desktops again and I am doing imaging with Ghost.
    I have my master image ready of XP Pro and will be pushing it to my clients. All I need to do on my clients is worry about getting a new SID. I have a small amount of clients and will handle the local settings upself after the image rather than via sysprep.
    So, when exactly do I run sysprep to regenerate the SID?
    If I run it after the image is pushed and then it reboots the client being imaged and takes me through the setup can I be assumed that I am okay?
    I really want to keep this as simple as possible.

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    I run sysprep before I take the image. Sysprep should shut the computer down automatically when its finished. I then either CD, floppy or PXE boot into Ghost and make the image. You've just got to make sure that Windows doesn't boot again before the image is taken.

    Yes it's normal for the new clients to run through setup once loaded with the sysprep'd image, after that's what sysprep does - reset windows back to the initial setup. I believe it's possible to create an autoanswer file in the sysprep folder so setup automatically completes but I've not done it.
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    Agree with tmcd35. Copy the sysprep folder to the root of you C:\ drive then run it, take the image from the machine and when you roll it out to the rest of your machines it will change the SIDs when you boot them for the first time. You will also be prompted to rename your machines.

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    Or you can not bother with syspreping the image and run newsid on each new pc after restoring the image .... I found this to be much easier !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brpilot99 View Post
    Or you can not bother with syspreping the image and run newsid on each new pc after restoring the image .... I found this to be much easier !!
    That only does the MachineSID, sysprep does alot more which is why NewSID is no longer developed.



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