View Full Version : Reset SID on Windows 7 imaged host

25-09-2009, 02:32 PM
Hi all,

We are currently looking to deploy Windows 7 (from XP) in the next year or so. We will be using a similar imaging system to Ghost called fog (http://www.fogproject.org).

I have discovered that sysprep 2.0 (that came on the XP CD) does not work with Windows 7 at all. I have tried the Windows 7 version of sysprep in C:\Windows\system32\sysprep, but that goes through the entire OOBE process again (and it runs again at every reboot!); all I want it to do is prompt for a computer name and reset the SID of the system.

In the past we have used NewSID on Windows XP and that has worked (as far as I know). I've read that sysprep is preferred over this. It's an old-ish product (2005) so resetting Windows 7 SIDs it on a production network (~400-500 machines) irks me a little.

Would NewSID work on Windows 7? If not, what SID-resetting software would you guys recommend??

TIA :)

25-09-2009, 02:51 PM
Windows 7 (and Vista) dont use the same sysprep as XP.

Have a read of this article (http://blog.brianleejackson.com/sysprep-a-windows-7-machine-start-to-finish) - tells you how to make a image to deply as you want. and These articles by MS (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd349337(WS.10).aspx)

I did it once in Vista - it was a pain in the butt, considering I was only going to be installing on a few PC's - so ened up singel installs - fun running back and forth - Obviously not a good idea for big deployments.

05-10-2009, 11:57 AM
New SID is not officially supported by Microsoft. I recommend you do not use it especially with Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

The official way to change SID is using sysprep which is built into Windows 7


select Generalize if you want to change SID

In terms of doing the Windows 7 deployment, Microsoft provides a free toolkit called Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 which is specifically designed for imaging/deploying Windows 7 machine into businesses

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Deploy Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with the newly released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010. MDT is the recommended process and toolset for automating desktop and server deployment. MDT provides you with the following benefits:
Unified tools and processes required for desktop and server deployment in a common deployment console and collection of guidance.

Reduced deployment time and standardized desktop and server images, along with improved security and ongoing configuration management.

Fully automated Zero Touch Installation deployments by leveraging System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 Release Candidate and Windows deployment tools. For those without a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 infrastructure, MDT leverages Windows deployment tools for Lite Touch Installation deployments.