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Disk Cloning/Deploying for Small Business (15 User)

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August 13, 2013 9:28:32 AM

The small business I work for will be purchasing 15 identical Win7 Home Premium AIO computers.

We would like to update and configure one of these machines, clone the drive, and restore it to the remaining 14 computers.

Typically I'm pretty capable of solving stuff like this, but as soon as licensing became an issue I wanted to ask some more knowledgeable folk. I appreciate any input.

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August 13, 2013 9:31:43 AM

Once you image the computers, you're going to have to input the licensing information again for Windows, along with any other licensed products. Record down the current activations before proceeding, and you'll just have to re-enter those keys and activate the computer.
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August 13, 2013 9:39:07 AM

choucove said:
Once you image the computers, you're going to have to input the licensing information again for Windows, along with any other licensed products. Record down the current activations before proceeding, and you'll just have to re-enter those keys and activate the computer.


Your quick response is greatly appreciated. Just for clarification:

1. Update and configure 1 workstation.
2. Sysprep and clone using clonezilla/acronis/ghost.
3. Restore to other workstation.
4. Change license product key to original.

Is that right? Thanks again.
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August 13, 2013 1:24:46 PM

That looks correct. Remember that Windows 7 has a built-in system image backup and restore utility as well if you don't have access to the other options.
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August 13, 2013 1:29:06 PM

choucove said:
That looks correct. Remember that Windows 7 has a built-in system image backup and restore utility as well if you don't have access to the other options.


Thanks a ton. Our previous "solution" would've cost a crazy amount of money.

Have a good one!

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