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Ghost Suite 2.5 are 'hot images' hardware independent deployable with DeployAnywhere?

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Simple question that I cant find an answer to on the google or the Symantec support pages.
Used Ghost Suite 2.5 to capture a Hot Image from an XP workstation from a GX280 (Dell).  
Is that Hot captured image deployable to other hardware platforms (single disk desktops like a Dell 755)?  
Said another way, does the DeployAnywhere technology work the same with Hot captured images in making images hardware independent?
As with anything, I will test this but its hard to test on all possible receiving machines so Im curious what experience people have had with this and if they know of any source documentation about a limitations for cross hardware desktop image deployment for hot images captured using Ghost Suite 2.5 with the Ghost Console.
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Here is some comments about the DeployAnywhere, from what I read it only loads the minimum drivers for the OS, so yeah you could put that image on different hardware, but you would still need to update any drivers that were not loaded correctly. I have always created raw and sealed images for every hardware platform in our environment, for me it takes less time to develop an image for each hardware config rather that make one base image and have to tweak the install when it is done.  Those are just my thoughts, hope that helps.

https://forums.symantec.com/syment/board/message?board.id=109&thread.id=12511

"The DeplyAnywhere feature will sort out what HAL does a machne require and load up, then it will find out and install a correct mass storage driver(s) and Nic driver. In v2.5, it does not support to install other drivers, such as graphics, sound card, etc.
 
The DeplyAnywhere looks for required drivers from the deployed OS itself and driver database.  The driver lib is installed on the console machine at C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Symantec\Ghost\template\common\windrivers folder.  User can add additional drivers via console task -> DeployAnywhere page -> "manage drivers" link, or using Ghost Boot Wizard.
 
It supports both non-sysprep'd and sysprep'd image, and if a driver which is not defined in the sysprep, it will add and install it.  But it will not install other than storage and Nic drivers.
 
There are some limitations that you need to be aware of:
If you deploy an image to multiple machines, it does not generate a unique computer name on each machine. You need to include a configuration step in the Console task, to ensure that a unique computer name is applied.
 
Secondly, it does not handle well in both join a domain or a workgroup without using configuration step."
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