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paul69
As i am in the midst of a planning a new deployment of XP workstations in a small firm. i plan on ghosting a Generic image with limited software (have volume license for XP)and using Ghost multicast to image all clients..as there are only a limited no of users in the firm an aotomated answer file is probably not needed..will manualy join domain and configure personal setting..printers etc..could anybody see any risks with this procedure?
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    tEA-TiME

    Three things:

    1. If you are going to do this, and it is a small number of clients, do a ghost image of each machine up to the network so any misc. files they may have on their machine can be recovered if necessary (also a good back out plan to put them back should you run into driver issues, etc...)

    2. Give the users two or three days to back up any files they may have on their local systems to a network share. Setting up a special share specifically for this project for them to copy to wouldn't be a bad idea.

    3. If they have certain user specific settings they want to retain, look at the user migration tool to do that. If not, make sure you communicate that everything will be reset to a corporate standard and they will have to tweek whatever settings from the fresh install (example, toolbar positions, background, color scheme, etc...)

    Hope this helps.

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    sgt_shultz

    do you have any thing in place to deal with the multiple sids

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    tEA-TiME

    You may run into an identical SID problem. I believe higher end versions of the Ghost program can do this change for you. If not, there are several freeware apps / scripts you can find on the internet to do it also.

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    paul69

    Yeah Sgt ..i am running sysinternals to change the sid and rename before joining the domain...although i have no experience with this utility...will be testing 3 desktops for a number of weeks before rolling out the rest...any coments or ideas appreciated.
    cheers

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    tEA-TiME

    Three things:

    1. If you are going to do this, and it is a small number of clients, do a ghost image of each machine up to the network so any misc. files they may have on their machine can be recovered if necessary (also a good back out plan to put them back should you run into driver issues, etc...)

    2. Give the users two or three days to back up any files they may have on their local systems to a network share. Setting up a special share specifically for this project for them to copy to wouldn't be a bad idea.

    3. If they have certain user specific settings they want to retain, look at the user migration tool to do that. If not, make sure you communicate that everything will be reset to a corporate standard and they will have to tweek whatever settings from the fresh install (example, toolbar positions, background, color scheme, etc...)

    Hope this helps.

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    sgt_shultz

    do you have any thing in place to deal with the multiple sids

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    tEA-TiME

    You may run into an identical SID problem. I believe higher end versions of the Ghost program can do this change for you. If not, there are several freeware apps / scripts you can find on the internet to do it also.

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    paul69

    Yeah Sgt ..i am running sysinternals to change the sid and rename before joining the domain...although i have no experience with this utility...will be testing 3 desktops for a number of weeks before rolling out the rest...any coments or ideas appreciated.
    cheers