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Deploying W2k Copy the OS!!

By FaisalMasood ·
Regarding the win2000 deployment, one my of friend gave me an idea, which his brother used to deploy Win2k.

Here we purchase the systems with same hardware..
The idea is that install win2000 on a new PC with all softwares say we call it PC1. Take the HD out of the box & put it on any system which is already running on network say PC-old. Then copy all the files / folders from the newly built PC1 to the PC-old. Then Take the HD of PC1 & put HD of another new PC on which you want to installOS say PC2 in PC-old. Now copy the files / folder of PC1 to this PC2.

Then put the HDs in their respective boxes & run the system. If there is any error of NTldr etc then replace those files. Otherwise the system works fine.

Well I think thisway the SID of PCs would be same which would result in problems.

So tell me is this method correct?

What would be the errors / problems which we would face with these systems?

How could we rectify / overcome thoes problems?

Is there a small utility which can change the SID?

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by FaisalMasood In reply to Deploying W2k Copy the OS ...

For SID change, just found out NewSID from SYSInternals.com. Check the URL

http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/source/newsid.shtml

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by Dan_C In reply to Deploying W2k Copy the OS ...

Or you could just read the documentation on SysPrep and use that before you do your copy...

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by FaisalMasood In reply to Deploying W2k Copy the OS ...

Thanks. But I was more interested in knowing the problems which I would be facing even after changing SID, if I copy HDs that way.

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by l225566 In reply to Deploying W2k Copy the OS ...

If you are trying to make an exact copy of all the data and software on one system throughout many systems on your network, and you have 2000 server, you should deploy Remote Install Server. You can they load the one system with all the data and software you want and then do a SYSPREP on that system. This will make an image on the server that you can install on any system and will give all new system a unique SID. And the great thing about RIS is that you can make multiple images with a varity of software and deploy them at will.

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by FaisalMasood In reply to Deploying W2k Copy the OS ...

Thanks. But I was more interested in knowing the problems which I would be facing even after changing SID, if I copy HDs that way.

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by chris In reply to Deploying W2k Copy the OS ...

The two previous answers are correct.
In addition to their answers, I would add that you should NEVER try to clone (basically what you are doing) a machine if it is in a domain.

SYSPREP is the way to go if you expect to call MS about anything on these machines in the future.

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by FaisalMasood In reply to Deploying W2k Copy the OS ...

Thanks. But I was more interested in knowing the problems which I would be facing even after changing SID, if I copy HDs that way.

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by FaisalMasood In reply to Deploying W2k Copy the OS ...

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