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    Some key points

    Sysprep is for preparing an image to run on the same or ANOTHER computer, identical or not. This is why the option to run the pnp detection after boot is added. You can create a syspreped machine and then take a disk image of it with whatever imaging application you want, you do not have to use RIS/WDS if you don't want to.

    Sysprep can:

    Change chipset types (AMD to Intel, VIA etc)
    Change harddisk driver (with the bmsd option to create the mass storage section on the sysprep.inf)
    Change Uni to multi cpu
    Install drivers with minisetup wizard.

    Sysprep can't:
    Move images between ACPI and no ACPI machines.

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    midteq - Windows Deployment Services (WDS)

    MySysprep is a tool that can be used in place/with Sysprep to allow you to move between ACPI and non ACPI machines although this is beginning to be redundant now.
    Last edited by djones; 11th July 2008 at 10:23 PM.

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    Thanks for the posts, Ive got sysprep working fine with all our drivers. Works a treat.

    Thanks again

    Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by timbo343 View Post
    Quick question, whats a WIM file???

    Thanks
    It's the file format used by ImageX - the MS deployment tool. It's a bit like a Ghost image file (.GHO) but more versatile.

    One of the things which can be done with it is to include multiple machine images in 1 WIM file. When they are created, ImageX does "single instance storage" so if you have (say) a staff and student image in the same file, the chances are that a lot of files are common (the whole of Windows, for example) so the image file is much smaller.

    If you install WAIK (Windows Automated Installation Kit) then you get the ability to mount a WIM file so it appears as a folder on your local machine - you can add files to it, edit files, remove files, work on the registry etc etc.

    I think it's brilliant :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by srochford View Post
    It's the file format used by ImageX - the MS deployment tool. It's a bit like a Ghost image file (.GHO) but more versatile.

    One of the things which can be done with it is to include multiple machine images in 1 WIM file. When they are created, ImageX does "single instance storage" so if you have (say) a staff and student image in the same file, the chances are that a lot of files are common (the whole of Windows, for example) so the image file is much smaller.

    If you install WAIK (Windows Automated Installation Kit) then you get the ability to mount a WIM file so it appears as a folder on your local machine - you can add files to it, edit files, remove files, work on the registry etc etc.

    I think it's brilliant :-)
    agreed. I've actually been trying to create an XP wim image of a macbook to deploy on a macbook air using winpe. Both the image and winpe boot files did fit onto a single dvd - that's without specifying the compress maximum option in imagex. Unfortunately have been getting errors with \Boot\BCD files, and ofcourse the Macbook air's single usb port requires some creative thinking so i haven't got it to work....but nonetheless the wim format i'm liking.

    I'm less impressed with winpe, but the advantage of winpe is that it can create bootable usb sticks to image machines that can't PXE boot for whatever reason.

    I think the way forward is to use all the tools in the WAIK kit and deploy using WDS on windows server 2008. With the wim image editing utility installed along with the WAIK tools it's pretty much a one-stop shop for everything image related once the deployment tools are downloaded. Plus WDS now supports multicast.

    Also, one of the software assurance features in some of the volume licensing packages, provides the opportunity to attend a deployment workshop. Not sure on the specifics.

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    If you want to include a LOT of drivers in your baseimage have a look at this neat little app, works a treat!

    Vernalex.com - Welcome

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    auto image

    Does anyone have a link to autoimage?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMcCoy View Post

    Sysprep can:

    Change chipset types (AMD to Intel, VIA etc)
    Change harddisk driver (with the bmsd option to create the mass storage section on the sysprep.inf)
    Change Uni to multi cpu
    Install drivers with minisetup wizard.

    Sysprep can't:
    Move images between ACPI and no ACPI machines.

    I have found that trying to get 64bit AMD and 32bit intel be it the same HAL to talk to each other with various different methods almost impossible!

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