View Full Version : whats the best way of imaging PC's

27-08-2003, 10:21 PM
OK the day has come, we going to re image all 200 computers in our Wellington Office to a single standard, all with Win XP and various apps.

Ok my question, in the past we've used Norton Ghost which was fine when we only had a couple of models of PCs but now we have 3 makes (IBM,Dell and Compaq) and about 17 different models of both PC and laptops.

what are people using out there for this. We general want to be able to use an Image which is completely hardware independent. When we get new pcs all we want to do is add the drivers to folder x and then be able to image them as well.

This must be possible, can someone point me in the right direction.


27-08-2003, 10:58 PM
Symantec Ghost Corporate 7.5 will do all you need, download a free 30 day trial and be impressed!

I had the privelage of reviewing this software for a company (To decide if they should purchase it or not), and I was blown away by how great and flexible it was!

See symantec.com for a download!



27-08-2003, 11:24 PM
Rollouts and backups are different

For the rollout, if the hardware is identical or very close, use sysprep. Ontherwise use syspart.
Neither will support an upgrade install.

For an upgrade install, use a RIS install provided the NICs support PXE.

The rest - including how to backup - depends on how the domain is designed.

Seek specialised assistance.

28-08-2003, 12:17 AM
I have imaged my comp with Mijenix Fix-It (now v com.com).
So, how do I activate those images when the time comes?

28-08-2003, 10:46 AM

He's come here, that's good enough!


Windows XP for the large part is quite good with drivers etc.

You're going to run into trouble with activation etc. so it may pay to contact microsoft about getting a Corprate Liscence/Key for your office. There are a few things people dont realise about MS Liscencing, but I'd rather not discuss that here, just in case.

Now, Basically if more than 3 parts of hardware have changed compared to your base image of an OS, then you're in the poo coz you're not gonna want to re-register etc, so you need to talk to MS.

Next, Symantec Ghost allows you to do huge rollouts, backups, upgrades, repairs, installations (Of entire OS's, single Applications, or just a few misc. files.) among other things.

Basically, all you're going to have to do (Depending on what OS they're currently on, as Win9x may require them to boot off a floppy you can easily make) is tell everybody to go home at 5:30 one night or whatever, then (After testing everything before-hand on a single 'dummie' PC of course) you simply hit a few buttons on a 'server' PC and it will backup all their My Documents, and any other folders you deem neccesary. It will then proceed to roll out the base image of the OS (In this case XP), and can be set to install individual applications for each PC (Dependant on what you have liscenced for each user!).

Hope this helps



28-08-2003, 06:08 PM
Use an answer file during the installation.

Plan, test, retest, check, recheck and retest the desired objectives and outcomes before starting.

Bypass wellmeaning amateurs and seek specialist assistance
Confusion leads to frustration

28-08-2003, 09:07 PM
Are you telling us not to listen to you Merlin?