Adding Cloned windows 7 Pro PCs to domain using sysprep

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I’m in the process of rolling out 40 PCs onto a domain, to make life easier I setup a PC with all the updates and software we use and then created an image. I’m then imaging the PC's, changing the PC name, changing the windows key and then joining to the domain.

Can anyone see any problems with this approach? It has been suggested that I should run sysprep, however when I do I get the following error:

sysprep a fatal error occured while trying to sysprep the machine

Im tempted to go ahead without running sysprep as everthing seems to be working fine, is this wise or should I look further into resolving the sysprep error?
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tray_jonesCommented:
Sysprep removes the SID, or Security Identifier so you are going to want to use it.  If you didnt, all of the computers that you imaged would have the same sid and you would run into issues when you put them in the domain.  What sysprep does it basically wipes the sid and then regenerates is on next boot.

Check out this article, it should help you out.

http://theitbros.com/sysprep-a-windows-7-machine-%E2%80%93-start-to-finish

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