Sysprep image for workstation deployment

Posted on 2004-11-08
Last Modified: 2009-08-30
Need to run sysprep on an XP workstation that we will ghost an image from, and then deploy on a few hundred PCs.  Can anyone walk me through this?
Question by:neowolf219
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    The exact procedure may vary, due to differences in hardware. I am writing instructions based on how I do it for my setup.

    After loading the workstation with XP, and customizing the machine until it meets your requirements for imaging,

    go to device manager
    select the IDE controller and update the driver, select Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE controller

    Copy the folder from the XP disk (\SUPPORT\TOOLS) to your workstation
    extract the setupmgr.exe to the temp folder

    run setupmgr.exe
    create an answer file using the wizard
    (select the sysprep setup option)

    setupmgr should have created a folder called c:\sysprep and copied the sysprep.inf file and the i386 folder into it.
    extract sysprep.exe and setupcl.exe from the into the c:\sysprep folder

    Right click on task bar, properties, start menu tab, customize. Select 'clear list' on general and advanced tabs.

    start -> run... "c:\sysprep\sysprep.exe -bmsd"
    start -> run... "c:\sysprep\sysprep.exe -activated -mini -pnp -reseal"

    Select 'OK'
    The system will shut down, ready for you to image.
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    I update the IDE controller to avoid BSOD, since workstation hardware varies
    You may also need to update the computer from Device manager to either 'standard pc' or one of the ACPI selections

    Here is an exceprt from my comment on

    This is part of how I prepare a system before imaging:
    1) login as administrator
    2) from Explorer, tools -> folder options -> view -> select "show hidden folders and files"
    3) delete all profiles except for administrators, default user, all users, localservice and network service.
    4) create a "test" account, give it admin rights
    5) install all software while logged in as administrator
    6) log in as "test" account and copy the administrator profile to the default user profile
    7) when users log in, they will have the correct settings and can access them by launching them from their usual locations, not the shared folder.


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