Image Building

Posted on 2012-09-12
Last Modified: 2012-10-01
I'm trying to establish an image building system at work.

I created a PE using WAIK and have built a Windows 7 64 bit machine, with drivers, software etc. I carried out all the customisations and copied this to the default profile for all users. I now need to sysprep before ghosting the image to our server. But I want sysprep to;
Not activate the licence as we dont have volume licencing (so it needs to be changed when logged in)
Need sysprep to generate a random PC name each time in the format "companyname-random sequence of numbers"
No windows wizard screen at startup, just straight to login screen.

Can anyone advise the best options for this and any other this is my first time setting this up.

Thanks a lot
Question by:kwatt562
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    Accepted Solution

    My understanding of current MS Licensing is that this is prohibited unless you have an Enterprise agreement with SA or above with Microsoft (volume licensing would work too).

    See this link for more info:
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Sorry, "we dont have volume licencing" means you CANNOT re-image systems.  Imaging is a right granted with volume license media and a volume license key ONLY for end users.  You need to buy at least ONE volume license, build your image with that and use that key.

    For more information google "Reimaging Rights" for a Word Doc on Microsoft's licensing and imaging restrictions (it should be the first hit).

    Author Comment

    That makes me cry, I have a meeting tomorrow with management an will raise this. Assuming we obtained a Volume licence agreement. Can you assist with my main question?
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    Expert Comment

    In your script file you use "companyname-*" for the ComputerName variable. See for more info on valid scrip file keys.

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