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How to clone PC with Altiris when the PC's are OEM with XP

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I am currently trialing Altiris Deployment Server 6.9. I am having some issues getting it to work properly. Does anyone know how I can clone a PC with XP that's OEM? I'm hoping there's a way to strip out the product ID so each new PC that I clone will prompt for it, is there such a thing? I did find out how to strip out the SID and that issue is fixed (I was getting errors on my domain controller after I cloned a PC). I have 40 new PC's that I need to get deployed like yesterday.
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You'll have to use the System Preparation Tool (SYSPREP) from Microsoft. Check it here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302577

Once you prepare a computer for cloning, run the SYSPREP and choose the "reseal" option.
You can also use SYSPREP.inf file to automate installation, but it's not required if you don't need it..

Reseal option Clears the Event Viewer logs and prepares the computer for new mini-setup. Windows Welcome or Mini-Setup is set to start the next time that the computer restarts. You should be asked to type User, Comapny and the Name of the Computer which will generate new SID.

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by:abahr
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Is there anything I can do on the PC that I cloned to? (Is there anyway to fix this for after the fact?)
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by:Nik
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Yes, you can run SYSPREP and reseal that PC. Once you restart a new SID will be generated.
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by:abahr
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I just pulled an image from a PC using sysprep, it rebooted, now I'm going through the setup and it's telling me the product id is not valid... any ideas?
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by:Nik
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This is very strange. If you've used this key for this installation, it should work. You shouldn't have problems with your key. You got me confused now. Please double check if you wrote it right.
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by:abahr
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I checked my key and it is correct. I just pushed the image (the image I took after I used sysprep) to a brand new PC and it is telling me the product ID is invalid also (I'm using the OEM numbers on top of the computer).
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by:Nik
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I'm sorry, but I've missed the big part here :( "OEM license". 40 PC's with one OEM license, no way, that won't work.
Here's what I've found out:
http://www.commodore.ca/windows/how_to_legally_image_windows_pcs_licencing_explained.htm

With OEM licensing, each license is particular to that one system. The best
way to take care of this situation is to purchase a volume license and use it
for all your systems. OEM and Retail installations will come with mandatory
activation where Microsoft does not require Volume License owners to activate
their installations.

I'm sorry once again for not reading your question properly :(

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by:abahr
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I found a license from microsoft for cloning. I use this and sysprep and it works perfectly!
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by:Nik
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So I didn't help with this problem in any way?
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by:Nik
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Thank you abahr. I'm glad it's working now :)
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by:MYCU
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Abahr,

Where did you go to get the license for cloning?
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I believe this is what I used. I haven't done one in awhile, but believe this is it.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457078.aspx 
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