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How to use one image on different models/brands of computers

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We have a facility where we have to re-install the operating system on 100's of computers each month. Almost every computer is a different brand and model. I am looking for a program that will allow me to build an a single image for each OS and have some way to restore it to the different models without it blue screening upon reboot.  There needs to be some provision to inject the chipset driver or to automatically detect the proper driver when loading on each computer.

I've use Binary Research Universal Imaging Utility in the past which actually works great for Windows XP Pro. However, it does not work with the home basic, home premium versions of Vista or Windows 7 which is the bulk of what we see.

Any suggestions?
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Acronis with the universal restore option. Licensing can get weird as they really WANT you to have one for each pc you use the boot disk on.
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i will go with aarontomosky
Acronis does provide this feature, further you can use sysprep tool to further manage SID
But make sure your Microsoft License permits that
Cloning feature of Acronis is very useful and fast as well
You can clone several harddisks at the same time provided those computers are of the same model and specifications
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You can also check out paragon. They have a free one I hear good things about. Never tried it though.
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If you're in a Windows server environment , look at MDT 2010:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=25175

You can install any and all drivers for whatever hardware before creating the image.

MDT 2012 will be released soon.
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The big 3:


Novell Zenworks

Symantec Ghost Solution Suite

Symantec Altiris
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