Vista Sysprep with OEM Dell Vista Ultimate Image
We've just ordered from Dell 9 x Optiplex 755 with Windows Vista Ultimate. They are going to be used in our Media Classroom.
I've spent many hours getting the unattend.xml file working using the Windows System Image Manager and it works perfectly except for the activation.
I'm using the Dell OEM key that I obtained from the original Dell Vista CD. As I understand this, I can install this original Dell DVD onto any other Dell PC and it'll see that it's an original Dell computer and will automatically activate Vista. That's how it's worked for our XP deployment etc.
Only problem is that when I use the key, it keeps saying I have 15 days to activate Vista.
Everything else works perfectly. Default profile for everyone, joined and connected to domain etc. Just this one thing. grrrrr!!!
I'm either doing something really stupid or there is some bug.
As anyone managed to deploy Vista OEM (Dell supplied) onto Dell computers. If so, are you able to post your .xml file. They product key should be the same as mine since it's specific for Dell computers.
Any help greatly received. Just have 9 PC's to deploy before next Wednesday and then I'm done for the summer. If I'm lucky,I might be able to leave early on Friday!!!
More info and a little success.
Since last night (and many reimages), I've discovered that is I run sysprep and from the command line and tick the generalize and out of box experience, it works ok. The downside is that I have to manually choose which country I'm in, username and password etc and, the users profile is the default one.
So in a way it proves that the sysprep does work. Which means there is problem in my "sysprep.xml" file that I have created.
I've now trimmed it right down so that it only sets the country codes for the keyboard. That's gotta work since its a minor thing. If it does then I'll add in the other settings to see what happens.
I have my suspicions that it's the section where I put the Windows product key and say if I want to copy the default profile. I hope not since that profile bit is what I need.
The bigger picture is that I don't want to install software onto each of the 9 PC's manually. It's partly as a test in readiness for a full Vista deployment and also becuase it should just work, and I really don't want to be beaten by it.
Any further ideas welcome.... I'll let you know how I get on.