My knowledge is intermediate when it comes to packaging an image and deploying it. He is what I need to do:
I have a small private lab (non-corp) I am setting up for kids over the summer. I am adding the 16 PC to an existing network which is NOT a domain however all the PC's are in the same workgroup with logins and share folders being used successfully. There is no server and all the IP routing is handled by a business -class router. I have 16 Gateway desktop PCs which are all identically, exactly the same. I have one of the machines in my lab and I have loaded it with all the applications I need (Windows XP SP2, MS Office, Antivirus/Sypware Protection, remote software, etc.). Now I want to create and image which I am currently using Acronis True Image to create to a CD. Once I create the image I want to image the remaining 15 machines and add it to the network.
Can I do this without any issues? I have heard the terms SIDs and SYSPrep when doing this however 1) not sure what all those terms means 2) I am not creating a domain they are workgroup PC's?
Am I going about this the right way and if not what do I need (program, information, instructions) to make this image deployment successful?