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Is there a way to clone Windows to a number of computers without using sysprep?

No, in case you are curious, I am not using a pirate copy of Windows XP. We have a campus licence. But instead of installing windows from the CD to 30 PCs, I'd set up one and ghost the image to the rest.

The problem is ghost won't change the security ID and duplicate SIDs cause problems. The official solution is using sysprep:

However, sysprep is pain in the neck.

So I'd like to know if there are any other better ways to deploy Windows to many machines.

Thank you.

Sunday, August 31, 2003

Here is something :

Philippe Back
Sunday, August 31, 2003

Why is sysprep a pain in the neck?

We just did it to Windows XP and all you do is run it and click OK (or whatever the caption on the button is maybe it is "reseal"?). It shuts the PC down and then when it has shut down you ghost it to the other PCs.

The first time all the computers are restarted they will ask for a PC and Domain name. Seems simple enough to me.

(The only thing we did though was we left SQL Dev Edition and VS.Net off the image because we weren't sure if those 2 would still function correctly when the machine was renamed after the SYSPREP. Anybody know the answer for this?)

Sunday, August 31, 2003

Why not use the included Ghost Walker?

Just me (Sir to you)
Monday, September 1, 2003

> The problem is ghost won't change the security ID and
> duplicate SIDs cause problems

does it really cause problems? I mean, the local domain SID is only used for local accounts and groups. Things like adding a domain user to the local Administrators group of a machine aren't affected, because the local Administrators group isn't in the local domain (it's, IIRC, S-1-5-32-512, and S-1-5-32-* is BUILTIN\*, not <machine name>\*). Maybe I'm just missing something, but it doesn't look that impossible to me

Tuesday, September 2, 2003

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