Let me start off by saying I'm old school. We've been with Windows XP and Ghost for some time. Didn't take to Vista since it sucked. We're deploying about 100+ Lenovos to various departments. I have little experience with WAIK and MDT. Aside from ShellShocking the community with the jump to Windows 7 and Office 2010 (from Office 2003), things are really interesting.
Where I'm at
Due to time constraints, we are going to attempt to image on a closed network and then deploy the PCs to the employees. In other words, we have a PC hosting sharing a folder with the WIM file. We are going to boot the PCs off of WinPE Discs and pull from the share to image the computers. We have 3 flavors of computers right now. A Laptop (Lenovo T410), Desktop (Lenovo M90z), and a Tablet (Lenovo X41t). We have 3 images made. I believe the term is "Thick image". Each image has the software already loaded up.
Sysprep and the great answer file-
No longer seems like an easy thing for us. Much more configurations than just editing a text file like before. I'm not getting it right. Each of the computers are setup in a similar fashion where there is an Admin account (Local) and a technicians account (Domain). I notice when I sysprep and image a computer, when starting it up, it forces me to create a user account along with a computer name. I just want a prompt to name the dang computer. To top that off, the admin account is disabled. The Product Key isn't the one I entered and Office 2010 needs to be activated again.
Imaging to the right partition-
So the Lenovo computers come with 3 partitions. The Windows partition, a System partition and a Recovery Partition. When I image the computer, I do the following:
-Boot off of the Windows PE disc
-Select Volume 2
-format quick fs=ntfs label “Win 7”
-imagex /apply g:\[imagename.wim] 1 d:\”
D was originally the Windows 7 Partition. C was they System partition I believe. E was the recovery partition.
After it's done imaging, I reboot the computer and it has the error "bootmgr not found".
To fix this I usually boot off of Windows PE and run the command:
Then the computer starts up.
What am I doing wrong and how can I streamline this? Can I make a batch file? If so how?
And thanks in advance. I really need Win 7 Deployment for Dummies.