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Clone Windows 2000 Server

By Shanghai Sam ·
I work in an environment that needs to have Windows 2000 server machines built week after week on the same machines with the same builds. They have to be completly different Domain controllers, and communicate with each other. We do not have the ability to make 30 different masters for each domain controller and image them from there every week. In NT 4 we used to be able to ghost down 1 image to every machine and run an ERD which contained the info for each particular machine. It seems that the ERD that 2000 issues does not have the proper info to do this. So we have to install each machine every week from scratch or run DCpromo which takes just as long. Does anyone know of a way to clone down one master and change the info to make several different domain controllers.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Clone Windows 2000 Server

If you clone W2K the way MS suggests, you need to run a tool called SYSPREP (download the latest from the MS site). This tool w?l prepare the server to be cloned. It will erase all security settings. After cloning the system, a mini setup-wizard runs, where you can configure the system to be a DC or whatever you need. This step can also be automated. When you donload SYSPREP, you will get a good comprehensive documentation on automating this.

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