Windows 7 PRO Imaging.

By kiranchinnu ·
Hello All,

I want to take image of windows 7 pro and deploy it to another 10 computers which are same model.

I want to do this thru windows 2003 server.

two things i need to consider is
1. I need to take image and able to disturbute it to all computers(same model)
2.Need to change the image from time to time when there are additions or updates of software.

I would consider thrid party applications in this aspect.

Pls help me

Thanks in advance.
With regards,

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by SPC_TCOL In reply to Windows 7 PRO Imaging.

Try Clonezilla,
I used it already, but only for one to one copies.

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Well first things first

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Windows 7 PRO Imaging.

The Industry Standards are Ghost from Symantec

And Acronis Backup & Recovery

Now to use these legally you need to be cloning either Volume License Product from M$ or a OPK Install Disc Image for the Hardware. As using the same Product Key on more than one system is Illegal unless you are using Volume License Product where M$ Supplies you a Product Key for that License and tells you how many you can install it on.

Also if there is a copy of Office on this Base System that will be another count of Piracy and if this is for a company which is the only reasonable explanation for the need to clone HDD as a First Offense M$ is going to hit your company $250,000 or whatever your Local Currency is and then string it out for about 12 - 18 months till the Company Owners/Principal agrees to Cease and Desist this Practice, has paid an enormous amount out to the Legal Profession in an attempt to defend the action brought against them and finally have their Name & Home Address listed in the M$ Enforcement Alerts.

Saving a lot of time and effort is great but when caught it's also horrendously expensive not to mention Embarrassing.


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Assuming you are licensed

by M@gnesium In reply to Well first things first

You can use Windows Deployment Services to create, deploy and manage the image. It is not only free but also easy to set up and use.

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What do you think?

by SPC_TCOL In reply to Well first things first

Of course I had a volume License and I hope that the guy that asked has one too.
Smeg, don't overdo it with telling whats right or wrong, everybody that works with this stuff should know it.

I tried Clonezilla, because our Ghost was an older version, and it's as good as today's ghost or acronis, but it's free.

Everytime I see something that is free and can do the same as the expensive tools, I am going with the free tool, and I hope that you will try it too.

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"...everybody" "...should"

by Ron K. In reply to What do you think?

Give me a break.

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My only issue with Clonezilla

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to What do you think?

Is the ability to use from a server and store/transfer over the network It didn't work for me all that well and did require a lot of messing around. But maybe that's just me.

Just an observation here though everybody that works with this stuff should know it. Doesn't that also apply to Cloning Utilities?


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by SPC_TCOL In reply to My only issue with Clonez ...
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you don't mention how you want to deploy other than saying 2003 server

by Screen Gems In reply to Windows 7 PRO Imaging.

over the network?

you can deploy images over the network provided that computers have PXE NICs and a valid DHCP server. you could also deploy using virtualized desktops.

With Windows 2003 Server you use a RIS [Remote Installation] server where the images are stored in a share. Once the workstation gets an IP address, you use the command line to access and install the image.

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