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O/S Deployment Thread, Being lazy, putting an image on a similar model of machine in Technical; Worth noting, this can cause issues if you go from a multi-processor HAL to a single.... The other way round ...
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    Worth noting, this can cause issues if you go from a multi-processor HAL to a single....

    The other way round CAN work, but YMMV

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    Some of my images are on their 3rd or 4th machine! I've got some IBM Thinkstations that think they're Toshiba laptops FFS (I admit I did that in a hurry though)

    works fine for me!

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    Some of my images are on their 3rd or 4th machine! I've got some IBM Thinkstations that think they're Toshiba laptops FFS (I admit I did that in a hurry though)
    Did you have any Windows validation issues? (and how did you sort them?)

    Last time I did this on completely disimlar hardware -old teacher DELLs (that would have taken a lifetime to reset up) to new Fujitsu's - I just had to keep telling porkies to the automatic phone system that I was sure it was running on the same hardware

    regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    Are you all gasping in horror?! lol
    Like my favourite university lecturer always said: it's ok to cheat - so long as you cheat clever!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi View Post
    Did you have any Windows validation issues? (and how did you sort them?)

    Last time I did this on completely disimlar hardware -old teacher DELLs (that would have taken a lifetime to reset up) to new Fujitsu's - I just had to keep telling porkies to the automatic phone system that I was sure it was running on the same hardware

    regards

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    Nope - School agreement so everything (up to Vista and Office 2010) comes pre activated - this is XP

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    I don't know how far you would want to take this, but I have a single Windows XP Pro image I made for about a dozen or so different hardware specs, it makes life a fair amount easier. In a nutshell, I created the image on a dual processor reference machine, added driver support to it for the other models into the sysprep.inf file, added sata drivers to the mass storage section, sysprep'd it, and captured it. There is a couple of pitfalls to watch out for when initially setting up the sysprep inf, but once it is set, it's set.

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    I have done a "universal" XP image recently. It supports most of the popular mass storage devices and can switch between AMD and Intel CPUs. I will be doing a write up soon on my blog. I did it using MDT but I will describe alternatives if you want to do it manually by running sysprep and adding extra drivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH View Post
    I have done a "universal" XP image recently. It supports most of the popular mass storage devices and can switch between AMD and Intel CPUs. I will be doing a write up soon on my blog. I did it using MDT but I will describe alternatives if you want to do it manually by running sysprep and adding extra drivers.
    I'll look forward to reading that. Thanks.

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