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Creating Win 7 images for rollout

Posted on 2011-03-02
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We need to deploy win 7 out to about 250 computers and was wondering which is the best way to hanlde this that people have found. We are trying to use the process from the article that I have attached and was wondering if anyone else has done this or if this is not the best way to handle this.
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by:Plantwiz
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I do not see your attachment.


But depending on the method they describe, I've rolled out apps in the past and it is a very straightforward process most of the time.
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For deployment:

You'll want:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=3bd8561f-77ac-4400-a0c1-fe871c461a89&displaylang=en

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc772106(WS.10).aspx

Windows Deployment Service can be seem overwhelming so to get images integrated. You might want some background before beginning:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771670(WS.10).aspx 

A 3rd party tool like SmartDeploy some of my peers have used and liked:
http://www.smartdeploy.com/
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Thanks.

I'll look that over.
(and no worries on the dropped attachment, done it myself)
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by:Plantwiz
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Nope, that is an acceptable way to do a network deploy and it gives very clear step-by=steps.

Should go fairly smoothly for you.
Read the comments at the bottom too, but otherwise looks like you are on the right path!


I'm just asking, but have you tested your other apps to confirm everything works with Windows 7 and you won't be causing users any additional headaches then the new layout of the newer OS (which tends to cause users headaches for a few days).
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by:Adam Leinss
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If you want to use Bitlocker, that's probably not the way to go.  I would use MDT 2010 personally.
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by:Ivano Viola
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This the process I use in my organization:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_7/A_3095-Windows-7-Sysprep.html
I've been using this for a couple of years now without problems.
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