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Hi I'm trying to set up a win2k server with winxp setup on all the other computers on the network.  I'd like to speed up the process so I was wondering if I could use something like norton ghost to speed things up?  If I did how would I handle the different licenses?


 Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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as long as you have an xp licence per machine, you can use something like symantec ghost to create a base image and then image every other machine, make sure you use the sysprep util from ms, and that way you can register each machine on boot and provide a unique key and gain a unique SID per each machine eliminating any domain problems
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I'm not familiar with sysprep util, where can I find more info on that?
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Generally, you need the hardware (AT LEAST the chipset and disk controllers) to be the same.  Assuming they are, yes, you can use ghost - or you can explore RIS.  You would use Sysprep to prepare the ghost images and ensure they created their own unique SIDs.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=304314
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=302577
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One of my links is on RIS and the other is on SysPrep
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you could also use RIS, to set up your workstations. With RIS, you are not constrained to one type of hardware per image, as you are with Ghost, not that ghost is a bad product.

I have used both.

For imaging, you could use a Volume License, and not need to worry about changing licenses on each computer.

Good Luck,
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You will definatly want to run sysprep first to get your machine set up.  And I would agree, based on experience, that ghost is a great utility for muliple images of windows.  you can even sysprep several different machines (hardware, software, etc) then do images of them.  When you need a fresh image for a certain workstation or hardware configuration you have it.  
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hey guys I'm sorry I haven't responded to this in a while, I'm reading up on all the information you guys sent me trying to get everything working (It's my first time doing this so it's a big project).  I hope to have everything done soon though.

thank you

Steve
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