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Correct me if I am wrong, but can't you build a 2K box for several computers (different hardware) and place its drivers into a certain folder and run sysprep and it should get all of the drivers from that folder.....

NOTE: These are 2K boxes

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Joshua Dumas
Joshua Dumas
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Yes, read below:

>>>Microsoft has targetted the System Preparation Tool (sysprep.exe) specifically for organizations that use disk cloning for mass deployments. Sysprep strips the SID from the PC being imaged and installs a miniature version of Windows Setup. You then use the imaging software of your choice to clone the "reference machine".
When you start a new PC using the new image, mini-setup runs allowing you to specify network info, languages and locales, display settings, ... The mini-setup can be scripted by having an answer file, sysprep.inf, and thus the imaging process can be totally hands free.

The target PCs must use the same HAL, NTOSKRNL.EXE, and boot device.

The sysprep support files must be in the C:\SYSPREP folder of the image. The required sysprep files, sysprep.exe and setupcl.exe, can be copied from the Deploy folder on the W2K installation CD. Of course to have a fully automated installation, you need to create a customized sysprep.inf file. Run setupmgr.exe to select the options needed for your deployment. The answer file must be named sysprep.inf and must exist in the C:\SYSPREP folder in order to automate the mini-setup process on the clone. The C:\SYSPREP folder will be removed as part of the installation process when the image is generated.

With the addition of Plug and Play to Windows 2000, some minor differences on the target computers are acceptable, but some items must be identical with the computer on which the image was created. If you have computers that differ greatly in configuration, make, or model, you should probably create an image for each computer type.

The following items can differ between the source and target computers:
Video card
Network adapter
Sound or other multimedia devices
Mass-storage device driver (Sysprep 1.1 only)
The following items must be identical in the source and target computers when using the Sysprep 1.0 version:
System HAL
Windows 2000 system kernel (Ntoskrnl.exe)
The Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) must be the same, especially when it comes to ACPI and non-ACPI computers. The mass-storage device is crucial when it is the boot device since Plug and Play cannot solve this issue because it is too early in the boot phase (the latter is only true when not using Sysprep version 1.1.)

<<<ref: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=216915

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Joshua DumasAuthor Commented:
ok...so if I am reading this correctly I can install W2K on a machine dump all the drivers for all the other systems in there and it SHOULD work?????? I'm talking that I have some Compaq Evo's, Dell Latitudes, Compaq Deskpro's.......i'm not doubting you, but I just want to be sure....
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