Upgding 50 (aprox) workstations WinXP to Win7 duplicating
Posted on 2014-04-16
I have about 43 workstation that are all using Windows XP pro SP3 and I have purchased a microsoft volume license for 50. I am running into all kinds of road blocks that has got me way behind schedule. 10 years ago I imaged a hard drive using Ghost and something called Sysprep. I imaged the drives using the computer and a second ribbon cable.
Looking at the License I see there are two type of license keys. MAK & KMS. I thought I was supposed to use KMS and used that Key to activate the first two work stations.
I am probably going to have to change that to MAK before I do anything else.
Also, I purchased a device made by Alterac that makes copies of the hard drives. I have 5 different types of work stations. 3 by Dell (Optiplex GX 520, 755 and 980, HP 6000 and HP 500. I build a workstation using one of the five types mentioned above, place a new CMOS battery, install a fresh hard drive and then install the Windows 7 Profesional 32 bit. Make sure the memory is at max for the unit (usually 4gb) I then install Adobe Reader and a few other applications and our datbase client. When I have the machine the way it should be minus the Microsoft office (I couldnt get my boss to swing for the Volume license for MS office) so that will be installed when I place the machine at the desk.
Is there an accepted meathod for migrating workstations like this. I think I made a mistake with the product key. I think I should have used the MAK key and not the KMS key, but again I am stll not sure.
Anything you can do to help me get this project finished and get these workstations upgraded to Windows 7. I had a problem getting the licenses approved, and they were finally approved and paid for last week late... now I am playing swap out the O/S before it's attacked and rendered useless by the viruses and malware heading towards us now.
Thanks in advance for any and all help.