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New Computer Set-up automation

Hey i will be installing about 20 new computers soon and just wondering how much of the set-up i could automate, the computers will come preinstalled with windows and i will have to go through the initial windows 7 setup (computer name , date , updates . etc  )
After the computer is set up i will need to add it to a domain , after a restart i will then have to install around 5-6 programs off of a HDD.
What steps can i automate to save some time and hassle and how would i go about this (what is the best approach)

thanks.
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Tiger858
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Tiger858
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Senthil KumarCommented:
You can setup one computer with all the software installed but not joined to domain. Run a sysprep to reset the SID and shutdown the computer. Clone HDD with other systems. You need to activate the softwares once the computer is rebooted after setting up including the windows OS.

or you can use SCCM to install the package automatically once the computer is joined to the domain.
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xeroxzeroxCommented:
hi,

Ready one system and configure PXE (Pre-Execution Environment) on it... PXE works on both window and linux system and you also configure PXE server on both window and linux system...

you can install window and domain automatically  via pxe server on same time. Configure all requirement which you want in other system. it's easy to configure and save time......


Regards,
xeroxzerox
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
use Microsoft deployment toolkit unless you are paid by the hour, then do it manually
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vivigattCommented:
There are other deployment solutions, using PXE:
clonezilla (free)
Norton Ghost (not free)
IBM/Tivoli Rembo Auto deploy ( http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v3r1/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.tivoli.itcm.doc_4.2.3%2Ftcmrembo51.htm )


This works as long as you have clients that are 100% identical (same hardware).
If not, take a look at Citrix XenDesktop and its Provisioning Service component.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
MDT does not require 100% hardware equivalence. It uses Plug and Play ALSO if you have problems you can query the hardware vendor and model and install updates for that exact model.
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vak73Commented:
You can check this link. It might be useful: http://www.manageengine.com/products/desktop-central/
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