Solved

Does Sysprep cause printer drivers to disappear when imaging?

Posted on 2010-09-22
2
865 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-01
I am using a DellKace deployment box to image 90+ machines that all have the same image.  I did a scripted install (Windows 7 Pro) and then finished up installing additional items (software, a few unique device drivers and printers and their specific settings) to create a "GoldenImage" for deployment.  Sysprep-ed the machine and when deployed to another machine - the printers, their settings and drivers disappear. What is causing this?  I am beating my head against the wall trying to unlock this little mystery.  
0
Comment
Question by:expologic
  • 2
2 Comments
 
LVL 1

Accepted Solution

by:
expologic earned 0 total points
ID: 33758295
Going to post an answer to my own question in hopes it helps others: Sysprep will cause printers and their drivers to disappear.

I added the attached code to my Unattend file and it solved my issue.  All printers, drivers, and their settings were deployed to other laptops without any issues. I did designate a single USB port on the machines as the printer "port" - not sure if that matters but I wasn't taking any chances.
<settings pass="generalize">

    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpSysprep" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">

      <DoNotCleanUpNonPresentDevices>true</DoNotCleanUpNonPresentDevices>

      <PersistAllDeviceInstalls>true</PersistAllDeviceInstalls>

    </component>

  </settings>

Open in new window

0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:expologic
ID: 33762780
This link also share more information about the generalize pass during the sysprep process:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766005(WS.10).aspx
0

Featured Post

Is Your Active Directory as Secure as You Think?

More than 75% of all records are compromised because of the loss or theft of a privileged credential. Experts have been exploring Active Directory infrastructure to identify key threats and establish best practices for keeping data safe. Attend this month’s webinar to learn more.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
SQL Server error 26 104
Windows Explorer has stopped working 3 24
Clone OS to SSD 5 52
Deploying Windows 7 with MDT 4 16
I. Introduction There's an interesting discussion going on now in an Experts Exchange Group — Attachments with no extension (http://www.experts-exchange.com/discussions/210281/Attachments-with-no-extension.html). This reminded me of questions tha…
I previously wrote an article addressing the use of UBCD4WIN and SARDU. All are great, but I have always been an advocate of SARDU. Recently it was suggested that I go back and take a look at Easy2Boot in comparison.
In this video, we discuss why the need for additional vertical screen space has become more important in recent years, namely, due to the transition in the marketplace of 4x3 computer screens to 16x9 and 16x10 screens (so-called widescreen format). …
This Micro Tutorial will go in depth within Systems and Security in Windows 7 and will go into detail regarding Action Center, Windows Firewall, System, etc. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating system.

863 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

24 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now