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I need to set up 6 Windows 7 computers exacly the same and would love to make it quicker by cloning the first one. What is the best (free) way to do this?
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I reccommend Acronis or Ghost, but as far as free options, i'm not sure

Steps
Install OS
Install your applications and default profiles
Run SysPrep
Create the image
Restore the image on destination computers
startup and give computer a name
deploy
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by:Oh-Y-Not
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The best, not free, method would be to use Symantec Ghost and Ghostcasting.

For a free solution, DriveImageXML offers most of the features of Ghost, including Shadow Copy, for free. You won't be able to do simultaneous image cloning to the other 5 Windows 7 ala Ghostcasting, but it is still very capable.
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by:babesia
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I used  Ghost to make an image. But here is list of free alternatives
at this site http://www.winvistaclub.com/d75.html

Re image to new machine then used NEWSID change from Sysinternals which is free , to change the SID and name of the machine.

Done
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by:paulop1975
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I normally use System Rescue CD. It's a very nice software. It has some fairly good documentation. I managed to install 5 HP DL380 G6 server from one image (first installation) and it went well.
And the best part: IT'S FREE!!
Hope it can be of any help.
Cheers,
eLN
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by:discgman
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Another free option is using windows WDS server to deploy Windows 7 machines. You would need to have a server or workstation to run it on and some sort of pxe boot setup (boot from network).

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744343(WS.10).aspx
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Do not use newsid, use sysprep

IMPORTANT:Regarding SIDs, Microsoft does not support images that are prepared using NewSID, we only support images that are prepared using SysPrep. Microsoft has not tested NewSID for all deployment cloning options.

For more information on Microsoft's official policy, please see the following Knowledge Base article:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;314828


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