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    Question Simple way to deploy custom Win 7 image using PXE and Clonezilla?

    Hi,

    I've been doing a fair bit of research into this and come a blank. I'm looking for a simple way to install Windows 7 on a clean machine, customise it with relevant software such as Office etc... and then grab a copy of that image using Clonezilla to deploy using PXE...

    Not sure how to do it. I've done it using FOG but want to use Clonezilla as our FOG server has run low on space.

    Can the Clonezilla image be deployed using Windows 2008??

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    I'll be honest, this doesn't answer your question, but have you tried MDT?

    The only reason I ask is that it is so easy I really can't see why more people are not using it.

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    +1 for MDT here, we are setting it up as we speak ready for the move from XP to Win 7 in the coming summer!

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    Not considered it...! Is it simple to do? I'm up for anything simple!!

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    There are loads of guides on the internet, videos on YouTube etc etc. You could do the whole thing following guides! That's how our Network Manager did the first time round. + It saves a lot of time when it comes to the roll out, because you can upload the boot images to your WDS server, boot the machines via the NIC and choose which image you want to apply. We use "LiteTouch" which boots the OS and absolute minimum other packages i.e OS + Antivirus + possibly your VNC software. Just an example. Then as you go through set-up you can manually choose which software packages to install for example Office 2013, ICT Packages your school use etc etc. Pretty awesome. Once you've got it set up right, you could re-image a room in 30mins - 1 hour? So yes, you get the picture.

    Hope this helps.

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    +1 for MDT

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsdenprimary View Post
    Not considered it...! Is it simple to do? I'm up for anything simple!!
    Let me put it this way, I could confidently setup an MDT server in under 2 hours. At the end of those 2 hours I would be able to dish out Win 7 and a set of applications to any computer booted into PXE. However, it doesn't stop there, it is a really robust platform and you can tweak it quite endlessly. For example, I have a sequence that takes user data off of a machine, reinstalls windows 7 and the n puts back their data. Pretty cool

    As others have said, loads of guides online. I'd encourage setting aside some time for it and having a good look

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsonga View Post
    Let me put it this way, I could confidently setup an MDT server in under 2 hours. At the end of those 2 hours I would be able to dish out Win 7 and a set of applications to any computer booted into PXE. However, it doesn't stop there, it is a really robust platform and you can tweak it quite endlessly. For example, I have a sequence that takes user data off of a machine, reinstalls windows 7 and the n puts back their data. Pretty cool

    As others have said, loads of guides online. I'd encourage setting aside some time for it and having a good look
    Would the MDT server be a separate machine or could i use our current 2008 server?

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    i would have MDT on a separate box.
    now i have set one up i could set another one up in a short space of time, its just getting your head round the tools which you need to edit certain things and the differing methods of building an image. The MS documentation is LARGE and heavy going at times as alot of the material covered you might not need.

    there are some MDT videos which i pulled from MS's site but i havent got the link handy, but they have hosted Windows Deployment Services, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, and Windows Automated Installation Kit - YouTube which should give you a good idea of what its all about

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    +1 for MDT

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    That's great. As we already have 2008 R2 setup on our server though, would it be a problem doing it on there do you think? Thinking about it most of our Applications are installed via Group Policy anyway so i'd just need a Windows 7 image with all the updates that i could push out...

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    We've got it hosted on a 2008 R2 Server, so yes it will be fine!

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    I found this guide invaluable when I was setting things up for the first time.

    Theres 29 parts to the guide but you dont need to read all of them. But it does take you step by step through with screenshots.

    Deploying Windows 7 - Part 1: Windows AIK 2.0 Enhancements

    The whole guide covers AIK,MDT and WDS integration.

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    Awesome guys thanks so much- i'll get my teeth into it if i can stay awake!

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    Just an extra note- is there a Win 7 image anywhere with ALL updates including SP1 up to today? If not- how do i integrate those into the image or will I have to still perform the updates on each machine?

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