Sysprep or alternative - easy multi-type hardware ghosting
Posted on 2005-04-21
I'm looking for something that is simple, and effective to allow me to make one ghost image, and have it depoloyed to very different hardware. My main problem is getting past differences in chipsets. I hear Sysprep is supposed to be able to do that and I've tried.
Sysprep v2.0 with the option to reset to all available mass storage controllers
This stops the machine from blue screening and restarting, but instead goes through the Windows XP black loading screen with white bar at the bottom, gets to the end and hangs.
Sysprep also messes up the default profiles of the machine, and some other desktop releated customizations that I've made.
My specific example is creating a ghost image on a PIV 3.0 on an Asus P4P-800-VM with an intel Chipset 865G. In my test I was specifically targeting compatibility to ghost to a PIII with a via chipset. It's a no go.
Is there something I can do to get sysprep to work the way I want, or is there a handy tool out there that will just get XP to reset it's hardware before shutting down, so when booting up it will refresh it's hardware before boot?
I've heard of a program called ubiboot, but it's a bit expensive for me at this point. There has to be something that's simple to do this? Or a shareware/freeware program out there as I'm sure many administrators have this problem.