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Workgroup image created can I deploy it to PC's on our network?

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?

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Brian Pierce

8/22/2022 - Mon
Brian Pierce

Assuming you have the licence to copy windows like this then yes. The duplicate SID issue does not apply to workgroups - only domains
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Thx for the input...yes I have all licenses I assumed I did not have to state it since the question did not relate to the topic but all is on radar with the licenses for 16-antivirus, sypware, Internet filtering, Windows XP, etc.

We all know Windows never do a good job at all things and third party software developers find a way to make things work a bit better. Before I go forward are there any software manufactures that have automated this process a bit more for what MS offers over Sysprep?
Brian Pierce

SYSPREP is the recommended option. NewSID http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897418.aspx can be used to generate a unique SID with less effort in some scenarios. In the case of a workgroup though, neither is essential as duplicate SIDs do not matter.
Your help has saved me hundreds of hours of internet surfing.

Last question...if I ever decide to promote our small center network to a domain...with all the 16 PCs having the same image, will they create unique SIDS when I add them to a domain controller....
Brian Pierce

No - you would hit the duplicate SID issue then - NewSID http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897418.aspx could  be used to generate new unique SID easily in this scenario