Imaging and drive cloning
Posted on 2014-01-28
I have a customer that needs to make exact copies of windows to deploy. The computers on the networks may talk to each other, but different networks will not. I have tested Windows deployment, and from what I see it will not work.
Using Windows Deployment and sysprep generalizes the image to much to be useful. However, if I could use sysprep without the generalization and just copy the image backup to Windows Deployment problem solved. If you do not generalize the image, Windows Deployment will not show the drive letter to be imaged.
That brings me to Imaging or cloning with a third party tool. I use StorageCraft, and I am pretty sure it will work for what I need, but I need to use the IT version. The customer does not want a software copy left on the system. The system needs to be imaged out side of the OS, and re-stored leaving no software. The IT version is Expensive per year.
Now that there is a little history, here is my question.
From the location perspective of the hard drive, is it that with an image, I am familiar with the big ones, the image can be done over the local network and restored the same way, VS drive cloning where a second drive is inserted into the master machine and copy is done internally, and then you put that drive into the target machine and then you have your duplicate copy.
Thanks, very much for the expert advice.