Image (ghost) Mac Boot Camp configurations for various iMac's

One of our offices uses about 60 iMacs of various ages all running MacOS X (10.8) and VMware Fusion with a Windows 7 image.
Over the past few weeks, I have been trialling a pure Windows setup (via Bootcamp and Windows 7 Pro) and have everything they need in there office running OK on Windows only.  The aim is to now trial 5 staff on a pure Windows system, and upon positive feedback, convert the entire office to Windows only.

The problem I have is that I need to provide a flowchart for the installation of Windows on these 60 iMacs and quote on the licensing and time for the project (start to finish).

I'm hoping there is a way to configure one iMac (right up to the point before a user input's their user account) and then image/clone that config to all other iMacs.  The concern I have is the different hardware some of the iMacs may be using...

When you install Windows via Bootcamp, it downloads the correct drivers and software into a package that accompanies the Windows 7 install image.  Will this package contain the bits it needs for older (intel based) iMacs as well?

If not, does anyone have any suggestions that will help speed up the installation of 60 Bootcamp configurations?
Reece DoddsAsked:
Who is Participating?
Reece DoddsAuthor Commented:
I have found a program that can do exactly why I've asked.

The program is called WinClone (  I used that with sysprep and a combination of the BootCamp drivers for my specific Macs to do the clone.

Some guides I followed are:
R. Toby RichardsNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Yes. Just before you clone your master iMac, do the following:

C:\> cd \windows\system32\sysprep
C:\Windows\System32\SysPrep\> sysprep /generalize /oobe /shutdown /unattend: C:\skiprearm.xml

The contents of c:\skiprearm.xml should be:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="generalize">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-Licensing-SLC" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="" xmlns:xsi="">

Open in new window

This will leave all of the programs you installed in place, but otherwise reset Windows to as if you had just finished installing it for the first time. It's called OOBE or Out of Box Experience. After sysprep is done, it will shut down the iMac. When you turn it on again, boot straight to your Ghost CD.

You can read more about sysprep here:

You can also get crazy with the unattend file. The only thing I have in there prevents an issue where you could only use sysprep three times before having to create a new master image from scratch.
Reece DoddsAuthor Commented:
OK thanks!  What about the bootcamp utilities and drivers part of the question?   Are these specific to the hardware or will the newest iMac version of these cover all of the older iMacs (oldest is 3rd gen intel i CPU)?
Ultimate Tool Kit for Technology Solution Provider

Broken down into practical pointers and step-by-step instructions, the IT Service Excellence Tool Kit delivers expert advice for technology solution providers. Get your free copy now.

R. Toby RichardsNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Older iMacs may require an older version of Boot Camp. Here is a table with all Intel Macs & what version of Boot Camp drivers to use:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Not enough information to confirm an answer.
Reece DoddsAuthor Commented:
no expert suggestion was offered.  I found a solution though
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

All Courses

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.