What's the best practice for imaging HDDs for small business? Moving beyond Ghost to winPE? Sysprep?
Posted on 2010-09-01
My small biz usually buys PCs in 2s or 3s. Even so, it takes a while to build up a naked system with all our applications & settings. In my years with Windows XP, I've used various versions of Ghost to get the job done. I've skipped Vista entirely but am now deploying Windows 7. I have read that Ghost 15.0 (the latest version) won't allow a ghosted Windows 7 HDD to be placed in a different piece of hardware (PC), even if they are the same model and vintage (Say, Dell Vostro 220s). Actually, I'm reading that Win 7 is the problem, not Ghost itself.
We don't do any volume licensing. All my PCs are purchased with XP Pro or Win 7 Pro pre-installed and have product key stickers. I'm new to winPE and Sysprep. Are the Microsoft tools the way to go? Or something else? What is the definitive starting guide for newbies?