We purchased 20 new PCs (Celeron 2.4 GHz) on which we use Ghost for rolling out images. We ordered 5 new identical PCs, but received PCs with SLIGHTLY different motherboards (Celeron 2.5 GHz and different bios). Obviously we want to use the 2.4 images on the 2.5 PCs to avoid having to install from scratch and maintain 2 sets of images. I was assured by the supplier that these 2 PCs were in the same family and that there should be no problem using Ghost.
As a test I have rolled out a 2.4 image to a 2.5 PC (without using sysprep). To my surprise I was then required to re-install the SIS900 ethernet controller (built into the motherboard). Apart from that everything APPEARS!!!! to work fine.
Can I rely on this new PC and use it as a baseline platform for further installation and Ghosting? Or will I discover strange problems emerging in a month from now? Do such incompatabilities reveal themselves immediately, or could it take a month?
Would it be wise to use Sysprep. Would that help to make the new 2.5 PC more stable, reliable?