How do I clone 1 workstation to another 19?

I have a computer lab with 20 identical machines.  We have recently obtained the license for Windows 7 Pro.  I have 1 machine updated and configured they way I want it.

What is the easiest & fastest way to clone the other 19 machines based on this 1?

I thought about creating a full image using Windows 7 backup and restoring to the other machines but I don't know if that would be the fastest way.

Thanks, Chad
cbw71Asked:
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Maen Abu-TabanjehConnect With a Mentor Network Administrator, Network ConsultantCommented:
use Acronis true image , its great one you can clone also through network using this powerfull software , i tried it before , its not making and hardware trouble because its clone the universal hardware.
read here :

http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/
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GregPooleCommented:
do you have a disk duplicator?
or you can use Ghost, which may actually be faster than windows backup.
either way make sure the computer is not on the domain when you clone it. you will then need to name them all individually and join the domain.
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joinaunionCommented:
You could just force the updates you want for each machine from the server.
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cbw71Author Commented:
Unfortunately, I am also in the process of adding these machine to a new server/domain so that isn't an option.

Also, I want a fresh & clean setup for each machine, not retaining any of the previous settings or files.
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cbw71Author Commented:
No, I don't have a disk duplicator.  Wasn't aware they were available, how much do they cost.  

Is there an updated version of Norton Ghost available?  We do have an old version.
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Maen Abu-TabanjehNetwork Administrator, Network ConsultantCommented:
cbw71 : believe me try acronis true image you will never regret on that
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GregPooleCommented:
The disk duplicator was about 2,000. but for this one time, it is not worth the cost.
This is what we use.
http://www.logicube.com/products/hd_duplication/supersonix.asp
We use Ghost 10, works fine. i have never tried acronis.
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Software_onbekendConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Be aware that a clone with Ghost or Acronis can give issues in your domain, or does these tools have a sid changer for win 7 ??
Because all the systems have the same sid number.
Microsoft is providing free software to deploy systems the right way.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd349337(WS.10).aspx


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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
I would sysprep the reference (master) computer and use either Ghost or imagex.exe to capture the image to an external HDD or server.
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joinaunionConnect With a Mentor Commented:
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cbw71Author Commented:
I am leaning towards the solutions recommended by Software onbekend and joinaunion.  I will be taking a look at that this week.  This is for a small private Christian school that I help out when I have "extra" time.  I am planning on spending some time doing this over Christmas break.

I will award points after that time...thanks again for the quick repsonses...Chad
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Maen Abu-TabanjehNetwork Administrator, Network ConsultantCommented:
answer ID: 37258767 , must be helpful
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