Simple guide for cloning a Vista PC
I've read all the documentation I can for BDD, etc. The problem is trying to
find somewhere to start, for a new user of the Vista imaging technology.
When I created my Windows PE flash drive installation, it was
straightforward enough in the documentation to create that.
All I want to do is this scenario:
I have a reference PC all set up with Vista. I want to get an image of that
machine so that I can set up another PC exactly the same.
This is how I'm used to doing it with the tools I have already:
- Run Sysprep on the reference PC (Windows XP in this case)
- Boot the reference PC on WinPE
- Run Ghost on the reference PC
- Connect to the Ghostcast server to capture the image.
Then of course, start up the destination PC on WinPE, run Ghost, connect to
the GhostCast server to load the image then reboot on the HDD.
Now. Using the WAIK tools, we do what? No networking this time, I want to
put the image onto a USB external HDD.
- Sysprep the reference computer
- Boot the reference computer on WinPE
- Capture an image somehow from the reference computer, telling it to save
to the external HDD.
- Boot the destination computer on WinPE
- Partition and format the target HDD
- "Apply" the image (whatever this really means)
- Hopefully we can now reboot and it really will boot (how does it get set
up to boot? After all, all the image does is load a whole lot of files)
Essentially the documentation reminds me of learning to use RIS. It appears
to assume a predetermined level of existing knowledge or familiarity with
the tools. It is more aimed at telling you how the tools work rather than
how to use them in particular scenarios.