Best practice for laptop imaging
Posted on 2011-03-09
I manage over 600 laptops in our high school. All use Windows 7 Ent. 32bit.
I'm looking for advice on the best way to go about re-imaging hundreds of laptops at one time. Here's what I'm doing now...
I take a model, one is the Dell Lattitude E5410, and I set about creating my fresh image with Windows 7 Ent, all updates and applications. I then sysprep this using the following command
c:\windows\system32\sysprep\sysprep /generalize /oobe /quiet /shutdown /unattend:c:\windows\system32\sysprep\unattend.xml
Now I have a "master" hard drive. I then use a hard drive dupicator (Kanguru Clone 12HD SATA) that allows me to copy this hard drive image to 12 other drives at one time (takes about 15 minutes)
Then, my team puts back the drives into the laptops, starts them up and makes sure everything works.
It takes about 3 hours to image 150 laptops.
I'd like to know if anyone out there has another take on how to do this more efficiently....or maybe what I'm doing is just fine.