I have an associate that does something and I just need to verify it's right regarding Windows Sysprep on Windows 7.
We have a small shop and simply use Ghost to make our images. Here's what I do: 1. I set up my image like I want it. Then I make a copy, Then when I deploy to a new box I run sysprep first thing after putting the image on the new box. Nothing fancy, just generalize and reboot.
He sypreps his image first. He runs generalize and shutdown and THEN makes his image.
Of course I see advantages and disadvantages each way. I am aware of these, but the only thing I am wondering about is this: Is his method doing the same thing as far as randomizing the new box as mine does? The assumption here is that Sysprep does most of the prep and cleaning up BEFORE shutdown and does the randomization needed to make the computer UNIQUE after the reboot. These Windows 7 boxes are going into a 2008R2 AD environment. That is a valid assumption, isn't it?