I have 30 Vista Business SP1 laptops. They all are identical Dell machines and Vista is already installed. I have joined one laptop to the domain and installed everything that will be common on all machines. I did all this using a domain administrator account.
I have never used any cloning software and have been looking into WinPe and ImageX, since it is free.
I have already created the WinPe bootable CD and it has ImageX on it.
1 - I believe I have to run sysprep before I create the image. Do I have to remove the computer from the domain before I run sysprep?
2 - Since imagex is file and folder based, will it bring over registry settings I needed to make for some of the apps?
3 - Can I just apply the image to the existing laptop that has Vista on it already or do I have to format the drive first?
4 - Does Imagex have any major gotchas that I need to look out for?
I have had a number of people tell me they use Ghost or True Image, which looks like you have to buy a lic for every device. So, that would be a couple thousand dollars,so I am looking for the free option first.