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By raharr ·
I work for a school district and I have just received 200 computers that I want to image. They all have WinXP on them. I want to create a image and install it on all of them. Has anyone ever done this with WinXP and been successful? I use Norton Ghost to image the computers with Win2K. Is there any known problems with doing this the WinXP?

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Russell Harris

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by cliff680 In reply to Imaging Windows XP

Nope, I've done it and I haven't had any problems.

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by jschein In reply to Imaging Windows XP

No issues... as long as the systems are identical... no problems, just as with 2k.

Only issue is make sure you do a sysprep on the system prior to imaging it or you will have to do the SID Program on the initial boot to create a unique SID for that pc.

Good luck.

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by TheChas In reply to Imaging Windows XP

Just a side note.

Your situation fits the intended purpose of the sysprep tool available from Microsoft.

You can setup a "reference" system, and run sysprep before imaging the PC.

Microsoft even has several pages of information on using the tool.

Chas

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by w2ktechman In reply to Imaging Windows XP

I will say that Ghost should work fine. But there are a few problems with it. First, on each PC you should run a SID scrubber, and M$ does not recommend any way except sysprep.
Other issues will be computername etc. All minor issues, but if you do not scrub the SID M$ will not support the PC's because they have found issues when many PC's have the same SID.

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by BlitzSonik In reply to Imaging Windows XP

This works just fine. I do it almost daily. I'd say it works better with XP and you won't need to do a sysprep if you are running a Active Directory because the SSID is generated automatically when you join the domain. I have done this hundreds of times and never once used sysprep.

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