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How to tell when a computer was last imaged?

By mike.smith ·
My boss has asked me to research options for finding out when a computer was last imaged. Is there a file, or registry entry somewhere that would indicate when the computer had last been imaged? We use Symantec Ghost and Windows XP SP2. Some of our computers have not been imaged in years, but we don't know which ones, nor exactly how long ago.

Thanks for your help.

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Have a look

by Jacky Howe In reply to How to tell when a comput ...

in the root directory for files called io.sys and msdos.sys. That should indicate the install date and image date as those files don't seem to change.< to add > Also check the file date on the Image itself.
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If that works

by shasca In reply to Have a look

Make sure you start a Database that will keep track, going forward, of the purchase data, configuration, assignee, system info. this and any other info you feel important. It will be a huge help

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Thanks, but a followup question.

by mike.smith In reply to Have a look

Do the dates of those files indicate when the actual image was sealed and saved, or when the computer itself was imaged? I guess I could test it by imaging a computer, and seeing what date is given to those files?

Thanks for your assistance.

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by Jacky Howe In reply to Thanks, but a followup qu ...

the original Operating System install date. It is a good indicator as to how old the install is. You will have to look at the Image itself for the creation date.
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Try this.

by cs0267 In reply to That will be

Open a command prompt and input

systeminfo | find /i "install date"


Hope this helps!

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Possible other check

by IC-IT In reply to Thanks, but a followup qu ...

Try your event logs, if you are lucky, they may be large enough to show events right after the imaging.

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