Understanding Windows SIM and sysprep
Posted on 2010-08-30
I'm currently studying Windows 7.
I have used sysprep and Ghost in the past to image and deploy Windows XP machines.
From what I remember, I was able to use sysprep to create my answer file for my installations.
It seems Windows SIM also does this and then some.
After some study, it seems like I would use Windows SIM to create my answer file and only use sysprep to generalize the image for deployment.
I guess what I'm trying to ask is, when do you use Windows SIM and when do you use sysprep? Or do they need to be used together?
A second question I have is about Windows SIM only. It read that it can be used to add security patches/software updates/applications to a WIM image.
Does that mean it actually integrates these into the image, or you simply set up the answer file to install these applications during Windows installation?