Universal Imaging Utility (UIU) & Sysprep: do I need to run Sysprep?

I work for a large university dept. and I've been given the responsibility for creating a new master Win/XP image to be deployed to 150 or so machines. I have used Acronis in the past to image single laptops, but this is a much larger project and I'll be using UIU from Big Bang, LLC.

My primary question is this: when rolling out the UIU image to the workstations, should I run Sysprep as a part of the cloning process? Should I run newsid instead? Or neither?

Any help is appreciated!
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what i do

by dr.engnr In reply to Universal Imaging Utility ...

i have a similar job. here is what i did to push out an image to 200 supermicros.

i first build the OS to company standards

hostname SRVR03_Template

then i run newsid. i put the executable on the drive somewhere.

now i image it with ghost

so when it gets pushed out to all the machines i can just run newsid and join it to the domain in one swoop.

this was prior to microsoft announcing that newsid is no longer supported (even though they make it??). now we have to run sysprep just to keep our warranties... sucks.

it is important that all machines have a different sid. don't skip it.

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Thanks; did you employ UIU?

by JWM_AZ In reply to what i do

Thanks, McClory!

I have the principle concept down I think; my concerns are rather specific to the Ghosting application I'm going to run, which is "UIU"; what I believe to be true is that it runs a Sysprep routine when I install the ghosted image onto the new workstations. If this is true, I don't believe I need to run newsid.

My senior tech is concerned, because (apparently) in the past some "duplicated" Administrator profiles have been created on the machines, a quite undesirable outcome requiring re-imaging yet again.


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