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Windows 7 Image Creation

Posted on 2011-10-26
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We have over 300 PCs we need to upgrade to windows 7, what i want to do is create a master image with all LOB applications on it and reimage all our pcs.

I have a volume license key already
what is the best option for this? Windows AIK?
If so what components do i need to add to the answer file for it to join the domain and prompt for a computer name before joining? Or at least join the domain with a unique computer name and i can rename it.

I do not need it to be extravagant, just join the domain with and all LOB applications to work.
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Many of us have a healthy amount of experience doing this, but the single best source of information within the Experts Exchange community is probably Ivanoviola's article.  Take a bit of time to read it, and I definitely think you will be pointed in the right direction.  If you have any additional questions, he is also great about providing feedback in the article's comments section:

Windows 7 Sysprep
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Before you can use WDS, you need to build the image and Sysprep - you need to Sysprep before you image with ANYTHING.
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A very simple and quick guide is one I found today: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/magazine/hh442913.aspx

You can use the default template task-sequence.

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The best way for a small enterprise environment is to utilize Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). This can be used with WAIK for the Unattend.xml file. With MDT you can create a custom .wim file for redistribution or create a custom build environment allowing to set switches for apps, drivers, Os's and patches.

The best online resource that I've utilized with MDT is the Deployment Guys.

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Lee, there has definitely been some good feedback and if the author doesn't respond I think it's fair to simply split the points between the five different replies.
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