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Using sysprep in Symantec Ghost Console for changing sid

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I want to deploy a windows 7 professional 64bit image to other computers with identical hardware and chane the SID on the target computer.  Symantec recommends using sysprep in favor of their own Ghostwalker.  Can anyone walk me through using the sysprep tab in the Ghost console?
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by:emilgas
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are you sure you want to use the Ghost Console? Why dont you just Sysprep it, turn it off and image.
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by:RFiorini
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Are you saying just skip using ghost all together?  I did a sysprep on the target computer after cloning it and it worked just fine.  I was just trying to include that process in the actual image restore.  I'm certainly open to an easier way.
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What do you mean by skipping the Ghost all together? You have to use ghost to image your master (syspreped) system and then use Ghostcast server to deploy that image to as many system you like. Let me know if you need step by step instructions for it.
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by:RFiorini
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I think I'm not understanding the sysprep process. If I sysprep a computer prior to imaging it, aren't I going to be blowing down an image to a target machine with a SID that I'm going to have to change?  And yes, a step by step would be helful if you don't mind.
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Ok, I'm going to make this very simple and short. Have you noticed what happens when you buy a computer from a store and turn it on the first time? It boots up through a setup process where have to enter bunch of stuff about you. More technically speaking the OS setups up itself and Generates unique System ID (SID) for that particular hardware that it's on. Basically when you have a regular system and run Sysprep on it, your PC turns  into that mode and shuts down. Next time your turn the computer on it will be like you are turning the computer on that you bought from the store for the first time.

Now when you run the sysprep, make sure not to turn it on after it shuts down. When it's off you boot that system with a GHOST boot disk and image the system in that state. Notice that the image is going to capture that os that has never been turned on. That would be your master SYSPREPed image.

now that you have the image you can image other similar computers. after you image every computer turning on with that image will be like turning on for the first time and setting itself up on that hardware. this process is officially called Generating new SID.

Does it make sense?
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by:RFiorini
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Thanks emilgas!  That does make sense and it's exactly what I'm looking for.  Thanks for all your help and, above all, your patience.
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