Using sysprep to detect hardware configs only
Posted on 2004-08-29
I have imaged 1000s of computers using Ghost versions over the years, both from floppy boots and using GhostClient software on the destination computers.
I have never, however, pushed out ONE image to computers that have different hardware configurations at once. (Correction, I've tried that and the computers with different hardware configs barely get past BIOS screen when done being imaged).
Simply put, I am done with making 40 different images for 40 different Dell models. I want to send the image I have now out to this set of computers (30 that have XP currently installed (with same hardware config), 30 that have Win2000 installed (with another hardware config). I have made an image that I am extremely happy with (unfortunately using Dell's factory installed Windows XP - although we have volume license - I have read how people have Windows Activation problems when they complete the Ghost because they used the Dell XP configs rather than their volume license CDs to make the original model. )
I have read about the [SysprepMassStorage] section of the sysprep.inf and it seems that's all I need. I know nothing here... I need a lot of help..... Almost a play by play... was there something I needed to do first before creating the image? Now that I have an image, what do I do to send it out?
Basically - can't I just make it so when the computers are done receiving the image, they reboot and look for new hardware configs, and install the new drivers for them? That's all I want it to do. :-) Am I dreaming?
Thanks in advance... this is my first time here...