Re: Sysprep Clarification - Creating a Build-to-Order (BTO) Windows Im
"Brian Drab" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> First let me say I have read the sysprep documentation but there is
> vagueness that I hope to clarify.
> We purchased 40 identical machines from Dell preinstalled with OEM
> Business. My goal is to configure one of these machines with minimal
> information that ALL users in every department will use (i.e. Office
> Faxing Software, Imaging Retrieval, etc.).
> I would like to create an image of this so that I have an image for an
> person. Then I would like to install software that is necessary for
> Accounting department and them image the machine as an Accounting
> image. Then go back to the base image and configure the machine for
> Safety department and image and so on and so on. So basically I will
> have an
> image ready-to-go for every one of our departments.
> WHAT I HAVE DONE SO FAR
> 1. Configured one of the machines with all the standard software that
> everyone will use.
> 2. Ran sysprep GUI and left the default option for "System Cleanup
> which was "Enter System Out-of-Box Experience (OOBE). I checked the
> Generalize checkbox and then changed the Shutdown Option to Shut Down.
> 3. Used WinPE/ImageX to boot the machine and make a WIM. So now I have
> standard WIM.
> Here is where I'm not sure of the BEST way to continue. After doing
> reading/research I see that basically what I am trying to do is to
> create a
> Build-to-Order Windows Image. So I'm guessing I should have chosen
> System Audit Mode" instead of the OOBE option before making the image.
> install the image on a new machine, install the other applications in
> mode and then do a sysprep choosing OOBE and NOT generalize.
> If that is correct, since I didn't do this what are my options. I see
> the documentation that once I boot up I can select CTRL+SHIFT+F3 at
> Windows Welcome screen to enter Audit mode but it's not clear if this
> is what
> I should do.
> In other places in the sysprep documentation it says NOT to run
> sysprep on
> an already deployed machine so I'm confused on my options at this
> So to summarize, since I already did the OOBE/Generalize using sysprep
> now would like to add more programs to the image and then re-image
> what are
> the proper steps??
I'm not sure about "proper" or "best", but you will be fine if you boot
a machine with the image, install your apps, re-run sysprep and pull a
BTW, I always pull an image before running sysprep so I can fall back to
it if needed. As I understand it, there is a limit to the number of
times an image can be sysprepped, but I don't know what the limit is -
I've heard 3, but I'm not sure.
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