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By muppetbam ·
Hi Tech,

I am new to desktop imaging and cloning.

We are looking to setup a system of 6 monthly refreshing of desktops where we have spare pc's pre-built to install on an end-users desk and take their old one away for re-imaging and clean-up.

I am looking for the best software solution for this project and this is where you guys come in.

I need to find cloning software that will enable us to use a standard image but that allows a quick and easy customisation of a few settings, e.g. Machine Name, MS Office activation and possibly the ability to enter the individual pc's Windows product key.

Is there anything out there that will do this?

Many thanks in advance for your help on this.

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Ghost and SysPrep will do what you want,

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Desktop Deployment

or you can go with MS SCCM if you really want to automate this.

Gods of us all, why do you want to re-image every six months? Your users are going to hate you. The software and OS on the newly imaged machine may be the same, but they're going to want their wallpapers, application configurations, shortcuts, etc. to be on the replacement system. What do you hope to gain?

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Thanks

by muppetbam In reply to Ghost and SysPrep will do ...

I get what your saying but we have alot of factory machines that are not personalised, just there for simple tasks. Office machines we will copy profiles as part of the process, i'm hoping by scripting but this is still in my head.

Anyway, thanks for your input, I will look into this. Any good places to start (helpful websites, advice etc)?

I appreciate your help with this one.

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Repost as Q&A

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Thanks

Try reposting this in the Q&A section.

I still think you're working too hard. I have lots of factory machines and see no reason to re-image them regularly. It won't be necessary if you lock them down properly (no local admin or power user access; use group policy to disallow assorted changes; block internet access for the accounts that are used on these systems, etc.)

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