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Fastest way to clone an Enterprise version of windows 7 and deploy to multiple machines

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Last response: in Business Computing
March 2, 2014 4:17:07 AM

Backround:

-I work for an agency that has a team that modifies windows 7 into a Standard Desktop Configuration.

-Technicians deploy this image from disk onto new computer that come in

-We have an SCCM server that updates the systems

Issue:

-The image is locate on a site that the technicans can download it from but the image sotred on the site does not get updated with the patches that SCCM pushes out


Request:

-A way to QUICKLY deploy a "PERFECT" copy of this image EXAMPLE: Image computer with base line image, have SCCM update it, maybe install one additional program on it, like a Microsoft Office Communicator, and then save that image like maybe to an external USB HDD and be able to use this new saved image to image all new computers

What programs are needed and how do I do it



Also, I realise In the Back Up & Resotre Center i can "Create a system Image" but will that mess things like SCCM up since each computer on the network would have its own Unique ID? and each computer needs its own computer name

And what would i need to do for Sysprep



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a b $ Windows 7
March 2, 2014 4:40:08 AM

Well I'm not familiar with SCCM because the company I work for uses a scripted install with Altiris. Since creating a clone would create an exact copy of the original any settings or configurations would be exactly the same as I'm sure you are already aware. It sounds to me like in a way you're looking to slip stream an update or program into the install like you would a service pack to a windows installation. I'm not sure if what you're trying to do is possible but where I work we use LanDesk to deploy patches to all end users computers in our network. I haven't used it in a long time but I remember Microsoft having a software publishing solution that you could deploy software such as Office Communicator/Lync.
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March 2, 2014 4:50:12 AM

neieus said:
Well I'm not familiar with SCCM because the company I work for uses a scripted install with Altiris. Since creating a clone would create an exact copy of the original any settings or configurations would be exactly the same as I'm sure you are already aware. It sounds to me like in a way you're looking to slip stream an update or program into the install like you would a service pack to a windows installation. I'm not sure if what you're trying to do is possible but where I work we use LanDesk to deploy patches to all end users computers in our network. I haven't used it in a long time but I remember Microsoft having a software publishing solution that you could deploy software such as Office Communicator/Lync.


Yes i am trying to upgrade the process with an extra program but im mainly trying to speed up the imagin process. as it stand now with imaging from the old outdated image, it takes 2 dual layer dvds and about an hour to image a computer, i was hoping that getting a fully updated verison saved to an external HDD and then redeployed on new computers faster than disk imaging
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March 6, 2014 11:30:34 AM

If you are already using SCCM to update and manage your machines, undoubtedly the best way to manage the deployments you have described is through the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). One of the key points in the technologies underlying MDT is the use of file based imaging to create a granular deployment environment. This means that applications, updates, settings, and drivers can all be maintained separately from the reference image and updated or altered without a need to reimage. MDT can be integrated with SCCM for minimal alterations to your environment and can provide granular deployment of Windows Updates, application revisions, and even various drivers for deployment across systems with various hardware configurations.

Some good material to check out are Managing Windows Updates at The Deployment Guys blog, this video and walkthrough of Deployment from the Springboard Series on Technet, and the Deploy Windows 8 page at the Springboard Series on TechNet. Even better, join us live on the 12th of March for the Windows 8.1 Deployment Jump Start where we will be covering deploying Windows 8.1 the right way. The discussion will be relevant to Windows 7 as well as Windows 8.1 and any other operating system supported by MDT 2013. That includes Windows Clients windows 7 and newer and Windows Servers Windows Server 2008 R2 and newer.
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