CREATE 1 GHOST IMAGE FOR 4 DIFFERENT HP DESKTOP MODELS.

I would like to create one image with OS, software and drivers for 4 different pc's, they are HP DC7100, DC7600, DC7700 & DC7800. I have created bootable ghost images for each but is there any way to have one image with all the software and drivers?
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aloyd18Commented:
If they are all based off the same model (ex: Dell GX Series 240 260) you can just create an image using Norton's Ghost or something similar.  It looks like it will work with the 4 HP DC models you mentioned.  Use the newest system to create the image and setup drivers etc, then you should be able to move the image over using Ghost boot mode.  Do you already have imaging software?
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aloyd18Commented:
I assume you're using ghost since you mentioned that in your image.  Again, just use the newest system image to load from boot mode on the other machines.
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Newbie0000Author Commented:
I am using Ghost 2003 and have made 4 bootable ghost boot disk with the image on them. I want to have one image for all of them, but do I have to put all the drivers in a folder somewhere before I create the new image for all in 1.
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PUNKYCommented:
Select 1 PC that you will create master image.
First, remove the IDE/ATAPI controller in Device Manager, and select Standard IDE/ATAPI controller.
Second, use all drivers if you can provided by Microsoft (Generic Drivers).
Then, collect all drivers on those machines (Chipset, NIC, Sound, Video, Raid controller if have any, sata controller). Save them into a folder (and also burn them into CD, and keep handy).

Now, using ghost to creat a master image. Deploy that image to PCs.

Other way is using slipstrem xp which contains all drivers of those systems. Or using sysprep to creat the master image if you are familiar with such tool.
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Newbie0000Author Commented:
Right now I have a syspreped image of the DC7800, I made it a bootable DVD into Ghost with the image on it, should I just add the other drivers to that DVD?

I have slipstremed XP with SP2, but should I just add all the drivers and do another slipstrem then make another master image and sysprep that? Also, where would I put all the drivers in the slipstrem?

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aloyd18Commented:
If you're using a big name OEM cd slipstream can cause headaches.  Check this out... http://www.helpwithwindows.com/WindowsXP/winxp-sp2-bootcd.html  However, if you're using slipstream you can easily google any info you should need.
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Newbie0000Author Commented:
I can slipstream XP with SP2 but was wondering if I should put the drivers for all 4 different models into the slipstream, and if so where do I add the driver files? - OR - Should I just add the drivers in a folder on the bootable image disk I already have for the DC7800?

Sorry if I am missing something! :-)
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matrixnzCommented:
Hi Newbie0000

Here's how I do it

Create the following folders on your Master System
C:\Windows\Drivers\DC7100\Audio
C:\Windows\Drivers\DC7100\Network
C:\Windows\Drivers\DC7100\System
C:\Windows\Drivers\DC7100\Video
C:\Windows\Drivers\DC7600\Audio
etc..

Copy the drivers into the respective folders (note the inf files should be at the root for e.g. C:\Windows\Drivers\DC7100\Audio\Audio.inf

Once completed create a one line in notepad using the following: (note the begginning and end quotes and the separators are semicolons)
"Windows\Drivers\DC7100\Audio;Windows\Drivers\DC7100\Network;Windows\Drivers\DC7100\System; etc.. Windows\Drivers\DC7800\Video;"

Now open your sysprep.inf file under the following section add the line above
[UNATTENDED]
   OEMSKIPEULA="YES"
   OEMPNPDRIVERSPATH = "Windows\Drivers\DC7100\Audio;Windows\Drivers\DC7100\Network;Windows\Drivers\DC7100\System; etc.. Windows\Drivers\DC7800\Video;"

Now when you sysprep use the switches SYSPREP.EXE -RESEAL -MINI -PNP -QUIET this should basically remove all drivers from the machine and then use plugin pray to add the drivers.

You could also add the drivers to your Sysprep Folder i.e. using the $OEM$ folder but I found the above much easier.

Hope that helps.

Cheers
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Newbie0000Author Commented:
Great, I will give it a try and let you know.
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