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Windows XP hardware independ deployment

By Niall_Flynn ·
Hi,

I have been assigned the task to create a hardware independent image to deploy windows xp to 3 types of Dell Desktop and 2 additional type of Laptop.
I have researched the microsoft website but a lot of the stuff is very project management over view style documents as opposed to techy hand on.
I would like to know about your experiences with a similar deployment, what tools you used and whats pit falls I can avoid in the process.

Really looking forward to your input as I will be attending a microsoft seminar in the near future and I would like to have plenty of Q's for them.

Regards,
NFL

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by acorneau In reply to Windows XP hardware indep ...

We use the Universal Image Utility. I found it on the Symantech web site. Build your prototype and then install the utility and it strips out all of the drivers and hardware configurations. You can use this in conjunction with sysprep. Esentially the UIU utility has a database of drivers that will adapt itself to different hardware environments. After installation of UIU you shut down and create a Universal Image. So far it has been largely successful. Hope this helps.

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by tim.polito In reply to Windows XP hardware indep ...

Presuming you have Norton Ghost:
1. Acquire all the drivers for the different hardware add-ons (sound, NIC, video, etc.) and then extract them all to a central location on the C drive (make sure it's on the C drive/partition). example: c:\drivers\dell\gx270\nic
2. Preferrably install Windows and any other common applications on the hardware platform you have the most of. KEY POINT: DO NOT USE AN ADMINISTRATOR PASSWORD! If you SysPrep, sysprep will retain that password despite telling the sysprep.inf file to prompt for a new one (not sure why).
3. Customize the admin profile (desktop, start menus, etc). Create a second admin account. Log into it and copy the first Admin account to the Default Users profile. Ensure you tell it to be accessible by EVERYONE. Log out of the second admin account, and log in with the normal admin account.
4. Defrag the partition/drive
5. Prior to sysprep'ing, make sure you have a working Ghost boot disk in the system.
6. In the Sysprep.inf file, include the line "drivers = c:\drivers..." (where ever the drivers from step one are located)
7. Sysprep the system.
8. IMMEDIATELY after sysprep, reboot using Ghost, and ghost the drive/partition.

When you restart the system, it should look for the drivers in the drivers location and shouldn't care what the hardware platform is.

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by roger_cronin In reply to Windows XP hardware indep ...

We have created an install using Windows PE and PowerQuest software. We also are a Dell shop and support 4 laptops and 6 desktop models. The beauty of our process it also allows us to incorporate other hardware models as well.

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by roger_cronin In reply to Windows XP hardware indep ...

We have created an install using Windows PE and PowerQuest software. We also are a Dell shop and support 4 laptops and 6 desktop models. The beauty of our process it also allows us to incorporate other hardware models as well.

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by nzimmerman67 In reply to Windows XP hardware indep ...

There is a utility called the UIU (universal imaging utility) from a company called Big Bang, LLC (www.bigbangtraining.com). I have tested it once or twice and it does a pretty good job with different systems.
Basically it is a sysprep type image that contains a myriad of drivers.
Check them out.

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by jlspoels In reply to Windows XP hardware indep ...

We support over 600 PCs with many different hardware types and use the Universal Imaging Utility by Big Bang with Symantec Ghost. One image for each type of software deployment works on all of our hardware types. We have had great success and have saved hours of work and loads of disk space.

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by ansteadk In reply to Windows XP hardware indep ...

What I have done is created a slipstream install of XP with all the current windows updates and all the software my company uses. I used a program called NLITE--go here to see---http://www.nliteos.com/

Basically what you do is copy your XP cd to your hard drive. Download all the XP updates. Nlite will walk you thru installing them to your copy of xp. It will also ask you just about all the options you can configure during the install of XP and then some!!.

I have created my install cd with all updates and all software. When I want to install a fresh install of xp I just put in the cd and have it boot to the cd rom drive. You dont even have to answer any questions as it will automatically answer them for you. If you have a fast pc, you can put in the cd, walk away and 15-20 minutes later your pc is ready with all updates, software and your custom windows settings are already applied.

I have also created a company intranet where it lists all software available. Just type in the intranet web site and login and pick what you want to install.

Also created a intranet site for users to select the closest printer to them so they can install it themselves.

Autmation is a godsend!!!

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by j82smith In reply to

How are you handling the Nlite license agreement? It states free for personal use, but not to use it in Corporations or for Profit. Their competitor XPLite licenses their product on a per-seat basis.

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