+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 17
Windows 7 Thread, Windows 7 Imaging. in Technical; For the past 8 years I have been using sysprep and an answerfile for prepping images for the network using ...
  1. #1
    ICT_GUY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Weymouth
    Posts
    2,276
    Thank Post
    689
    Thanked 283 Times in 204 Posts
    Rep Power
    106

    Windows 7 Imaging.

    For the past 8 years I have been using sysprep and an answerfile for prepping images for the network using xp. It created a temp computer name, joined the network, then I manually renamed each pc. Nice and simple. Quick too.

    We are moving to windows 7 and there just does not seem to be a simple answer that I can find as to what the windows 7 method would be.

    Can I still build an image and clone it around the network? Do I have to sysprep? Will the VLK automatically activate either way?

    Links to a simple walkthrough, or just a brief description of the steps involved would be really helpful.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Thanks to ICT_GUY from:

    speckytecky (30th October 2012)

  3. #2


    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Leeds
    Posts
    7,059
    Thank Post
    232
    Thanked 924 Times in 793 Posts
    Rep Power
    308
    1 create image on reference pc
    2 create a sysprep xml file (probably on a n other pc)
    3 apply sysprep to pc (from an admin command prompt)
    go to c:\windows\system32\sysprep\

    sysprep /generalize /oobe /shutdown /unattend:c:\windows\system32\sysprep\sysprep.xml
    4 capture somehow wds/fog/ghost/whatever else (without it rebooting and starting the oobe bit )
    5 deploy
    if your using wds you can keep your sysprep file small and simple and add a better one to the image when deployed

    better option if starting from scratch use mdt

    1 set up reference image
    2 use mdt to capture it
    3 add drivers and additional packages to mdt
    4 net boot pc and install

  4. 2 Thanks to sted:

    ICT_GUY (12th October 2012), speckytecky (30th October 2012)

  5. #3

    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    2
    Thank Post
    1
    Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    You Can use WAIK to create the answer file unattend.xml.

    Build the reference machine from DVD/USB accept all default. When you reach the first logon welcome screen press ctrl+shift+f3 this will put you in the builtin administrator account.
    Then install all the software / drivers you need the machine will stay in that state until you run sysprep.

    Please follow the link below for more information.

    Sysprep a Windows 7 Machine

  6. 2 Thanks to abuxton678:

    ICT_GUY (12th October 2012), speckytecky (30th October 2012)

  7. #4
    jamin100's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Birmingham
    Posts
    1,079
    Thank Post
    151
    Thanked 100 Times in 80 Posts
    Rep Power
    33
    I use MySysprep2 and WDS

  8. #5
    jmcdermott's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Cornwall
    Posts
    178
    Thank Post
    17
    Thanked 44 Times in 36 Posts
    Rep Power
    21
    The Guide I used is Deploying Windows 7 to a domain

    Worked for us
    Last edited by jmcdermott; 12th October 2012 at 12:20 PM.

  9. 2 Thanks to jmcdermott:

    ICT_GUY (12th October 2012), speckytecky (30th October 2012)

  10. #6
    ICT_GUY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Weymouth
    Posts
    2,276
    Thank Post
    689
    Thanked 283 Times in 204 Posts
    Rep Power
    106
    Thanks for the replies. It looks like a bit of a learning curve.

    Looks like there will be a do not disturb notice on my office door for people to ignore for the next few weeks.

  11. #7
    clywedog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Wrexham
    Posts
    7
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    I found it better to do all this in audit mode (sorry if it was mentioned), it will then apply the setting to your default profile (don't forget copy profile in the answer file, like I did first time... )

    I also didn't install any drivers at all, got windows to do it, then I have applied one image to the whole school network, all working sweet as a nut Better than having loads of XP images for each machine.

    I am going to try MDT next, for next year anyway

  12. #8

    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Christchurch
    Posts
    421
    Thank Post
    41
    Thanked 64 Times in 62 Posts
    Rep Power
    26
    Get a master pc with all the software installed ....... use REDO to make an image (its free!) Use REDO to copy the image to a new machine .. rename the new machine and attatch to the domain .. Works very well for small numbers of pc's but cant reimage multiple machines at the same time ...... Also the hardware has to be ideally the same.

  13. Thanks to Brpilot99 from:

    speckytecky (30th October 2012)

  14. #9

    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    4
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    im trying to use mysysprep2 and wds too. when i seal an image with mysysprep2 and turn the machine back on the process of using the answer file works perfectly. As soon as i capture a sealed image with imagex and import it to my wds server then deploy it the local answer file is apparently invalid and this message pops up which causes the setup to go into a loop.

    have you had this problem before and if so how did you overcome it? I am using a unattend file on the wds server to which passes the windows pe stage and i have found without this answer file applied and manually go through the windows pe phase the image is deployed as it should and the local answer isnt corrupt. do you know of anything in the windows pe part that would effect the image unattend phase?

    any help or advice would be appreciated

  15. #10

    Michael's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Birmingham
    Posts
    9,345
    Thank Post
    242
    Thanked 1,602 Times in 1,278 Posts
    Rep Power
    346
    Have a look here for an answer file 'ready made'

  16. Thanks to Michael from:

    speckytecky (30th October 2012)

  17. #11

    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    4
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Have a look here for an answer file 'ready made'
    My answer files work great on their own just not together, that's what I don't quite understand

  18. #12

    Michael's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Birmingham
    Posts
    9,345
    Thank Post
    242
    Thanked 1,602 Times in 1,278 Posts
    Rep Power
    346
    Quote Originally Posted by ghu_ferry View Post
    My answer files work great on their own just not together, that's what I don't quite understand
    Really depends what you're trying to do. You could always post what script you're using.

  19. #13
    scotstech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    17
    Thank Post
    16
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by clywedog View Post
    I found it better to do all this in audit mode (sorry if it was mentioned), it will then apply the setting to your default profile (don't forget copy profile in the answer file, like I did first time... )
    Is there any way of manually copying the audit profile to a specified (standard, non admin) user profile?

    I ask because as usual there isn't enough free time to go through the procedures mentioned above *and* get a half dozen machines prepped for the weekend.

    Oh for a win7 version of newsid.... .

  20. #14
    VeryPC_Tom_M's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Sheffield
    Posts
    388
    Thank Post
    14
    Thanked 82 Times in 79 Posts
    Rep Power
    45
    Quote Originally Posted by scotstech View Post
    Is there any way of manually copying the audit profile to a specified (standard, non admin) user profile?
    you can run this unattend file from audit mode:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="generalize">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpSysprep" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="Error" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <PersistAllDeviceInstalls>true</PersistAllDeviceInstalls>
    </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="specialize">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="Error" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <CopyProfile>true</CopyProfile>
    </component>
    </settings>
    <cpifflineImage cpi:source="blah blah blah" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    </unattend>

    This will copy the current settings, to the default user account (i.e. should be applied to all local user accounts), and will make sure that any drivers you have installed, are not knocked out of the system by entering OOBE mode.

    If you need a 64-Bit version, drop me a line!

  21. Thanks to VeryPC_Tom_M from:

    scotstech (1st November 2012)

  22. #15


    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    51.403651, -0.515458
    Posts
    9,793
    Thank Post
    262
    Thanked 2,964 Times in 2,179 Posts
    Rep Power
    846
    ^ Don't forget the CODE tags!

    32-bit
    Code:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
      <settings pass="generalize">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpSysprep" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
          <PersistAllDeviceInstalls>true</PersistAllDeviceInstalls>
        </component>
      </settings>
      <settings pass="specialize">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
          <CopyProfile>true</CopyProfile>
        </component>
      </settings>
      <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="blah blah blah" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    </unattend>
    64-bit
    Code:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
      <settings pass="generalize">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpSysprep" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
          <PersistAllDeviceInstalls>true</PersistAllDeviceInstalls>
        </component>
      </settings>
      <settings pass="specialize">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
          <CopyProfile>true</CopyProfile>
        </component>
      </settings>
      <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="blah blah blah" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    </unattend>
    Last edited by Arthur; 31st October 2012 at 05:56 PM.

  23. Thanks to Arthur from:

    scotstech (1st November 2012)



SHARE:
+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. [WDS] Securing Windows Images
    By mcrompton01 in forum O/S Deployment
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 2nd March 2011, 09:00 AM
  2. [Windows Software] Windows XP VLK Licensing Question (Imaging)
    By mmoseley in forum Licensing Questions
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 14th February 2011, 05:27 PM
  3. [Windows Software] Windows 7 Pro. OEM image as WDS base and capture image deployment to OEM workstations
    By albertwt in forum Licensing Questions
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10th August 2010, 02:28 PM
  4. Windows Imaging... has it got a bit confusing?
    By gshaw in forum O/S Deployment
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 24th March 2009, 10:35 AM
  5. changing windows logon image
    By adamyoung in forum Windows
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 19th December 2005, 02:17 AM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •