Windows and imaging


I just have a quick question about imaging a Windows computer.  After running sysprep, do we want to boot to the imaging CD and create the image?  Should we avoid booting into Windows after running sysprep?  My thoughts are that we boot to the imaging CD directly after running sysprep and image the machine at that time.  Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.

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Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
After sysprep you should shut down computer and create image.
If your computer reboots to "mini" setup, your image is ruined.

How are you planning to capture and deploy image? Which technology will you use? Manual, MDT, SCCM?

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cheesebugahAuthor Commented:

Thank you for your input.  I find it very odd that this very important step is somehow assumed in all of the articles I found on the net.  This is what I thought though.  We are using Clonezilla here.  It was here when I came and we have a nice little array of images already.  So, after the computer we are imaging shuts down after sysprep, we can boot to the Clonezilla CD and image the computer?  Right?

Joseph MoodyBlogger and wearer of all hats.Commented:
Correct Mike. Don't boot back into the sysprepped machine.
Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
Yes. After sysprep computer should shutdown automatically. If it reboots, turn it of manually, before setup continues.

I must admit it has been years since my last manual capture, because I use SCCM to build reference computer and capture the image and it does not matter, if setup continues after image has been succesfully captured. ;)
cheesebugahAuthor Commented:
Perfect!  Thank you!
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