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Posted on 2010-11-10
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Regarding Windows 7, the SYSPREP procedure has changed tremendously, and is extremely more cumbersome

(reference:  http://blog.brianleejackson.com/sysprep-a-windows-7-machine-%E2%80%93-start-to-finish-v2)

However, if you browse your Windows 7 installation, you will find that "C:\Windows\System32\sysprep" contains a SYSPREP.EXE file that you can run.  When you run this program, you have the option to perform (2) tasks:

System Cleanup Active:  Enter System Out-of-box-experience  OR Enter system audit mode
Shutdown Options:  Reboot OR Shutdown OR Quit

If I run this SYSPREP.EXE and select System Cleanup Action:  OOBE and SHUTDOWN, will that not have the same result as running SYSPREP.EXE in Windows XP, thus preparing this system for image and multi-deployment?  I will be deploying this image onto 100 desktops, and they ALL have identical hardware.

Please advise if going this route and NOT doing the very painful new method required by using the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) will achieve the desired results:  A system with a unique SID that will ask for it to be NAMED and joined to a domain when it reboots after it is deployed using a cloning solution like Ghost or Acronis.

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by:Ernie Beek
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Checking OOBE will just do that. When started again the computer will do a mini setup again, resulting in a 'unique'system.
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Why does the new procedure have so many new options that are so cumbersome then?  Most people do SYSPREPPING for imaging multiple machines, NOT for making a single corporate image that will be accepted across all different types of hardware...at least, that's what I see most of my clients needing in the industry.
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by:Ernie Beek
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Wellllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

The real needs of the industry don't always comply with what M$ says are the needs of the industry :-~

For that matter I completely agree with you.
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SOOOooooo this completely generates a new SID exactly as we need to?  
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by:Ernie Beek
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Yeeeeeessssssssss it does :-)

During the mini setup you are asked (amongst others) to create a username and a computername. Only when the computer is added to the domain the (new) SID is created.
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