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Windows 7: Need help to Deploy Windows7 image in a workgroup

02 Aug 2015   #1

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Need help to Deploy Windows7 image in a workgroup

Hi there,

I am maintaining a windows 7 workgroup of around 50 PC's (in one room, and multiple rooms like this) in an educational institute. All hardware platforms are identical. No server. all in one workgroup

Required Task: To install Window 7 with all required software and customizations like Group policies for one account on all PC's. All PC's in Workgroup and not part of a domain.

I have made one workstation ready with all required customization and drivers etc. Now need to deploy exact same setup to all others workstations.

I learnt about SID duplication, other duplication/complications when using plain cloning of such installation. So decided to use sysprep /generalize. But I am facing problems and need help.

My READY reference computer has following:
  • Windows 7 x86 installed and licensed
  • Two user account: Admin level and a Standard user account
  • All hardware specific drivers installed and configured. (chipset, graphics, audio)
  • Standard user account has customized desktop background, theme, screen saver, a few restrictions with local group policy
  • Admin level account also has few customization like desktop background etc.
  • All required software is installed, registered where required,customized.

When reference computer is imaged and deployed on others workstations I want to be able to the following:
  • Must have uniqueness wherever required like Unique SIDs etc on a networked environment (may join a domain at later stage but not now)
  • User accounts must retain all their configurations and group policies etc set just like my reference computer.
  • All hardware drivers must be there. should not need to re-install on first run.
  • All installed software must be available as on reference computer, registered and customized

Now the problem is when I sysprep /generalize my reference computer, many things are cleaned and on next reboot it comes to a place like a new installation. I have to provide new user accounts with all previous configurations and group policies lost.

Please guide how do I achieve this with minimum required after-works when the image deployed on other workstations

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