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Deploying and Managing Windows in a Lab Environment [duplicate]

With a set of resources that will be re-imaged over and over again in a lab environment: What licensing scheme (if any) will allow us to re-image a set of windows machines in an automated fashion ...
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FOG Imaging task leaves computer with blank screen

My organization uses FOG to image and manage computers in our company. I am trying to image a system with a new image that has been deployed to 20+ systems without a hitch over the past 6 months. ...
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Launch Windows PE on a remote computer

We use WDS to image and reimage (refresh) computers (WDS only, no MDT). A technician can PXE boot to WDS and essentially lite touch the image. What is the best way to achieve this from a remote ...
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Can RHEL6 servers be “copied”?

My company needs to setup a development server and we already have 2 production RHEL 6 servers working under a L4 switch. One of the solutions to setup the dev server was to simple copy all files ...
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Remote Windows 7 Imaging

Over the next few months I will have the need to image windows laptop with our customized windows image. Normally WDS is fantastic for this, but these laptops (30-60 at a time) could pop up anywhere ...
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Extend partition to fill empty space after imaging

We are using Clonezilla to make our computer images. Since we are deploying this image on many different hard drive sizes, we shrink the main partition to be lower than 80GB before we make the golden ...
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Best imaging practices (specifically sysprep to a .wim & network deployment)?

Note: As you may have seen in my other question regarding the data integrity of a .wim, I know this is a very "rigged" method of doing things. I've been the one heading up that whole area for our ...
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is there a better PROCESS for picking office printers? [closed]

I run a small Mac/Linux/Android network and finding options for our new printer has been difficult. We have a few criteria, and as you all know, the market is pretty convoluted, with long feature ...
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Imaging Process for Multiple Hardware configurations

currently we use a PXE environment to deploy an automated imaging process to PC's for windows 7. We are using an unattended installation with an answer file. This answer file tells the windows ...
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Full system backup - different drive types

I have workstations I deploy regularly that all have the same configuration. The problem I'm encountering is; the primary Windows 7 x64 drive is a standard 120gb SSD with a NTFS. The secondary ...
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Initial Deployment-MDT+WDS

So I've been attempting to use Microsoft Deployment Toolkit with Windows Deployment Services to deploy images on a client. The deployment server is running Server 2012 and is both the Domain ...
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Permalink for latest version of browsers? [closed]

We use a deployment tool when we image new systems and up to now we have always downloaded the latest versions of Firefox, Flash, Acrobat, etc, saved them on a server and then pointed to them during ...
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Windows deployment services introduction

I am managing a moderately-sized computer network for school and I have been using Norton Ghost to deploy images across the network. However, recently we have been investigating a switch to another ...
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How to create a POST OS custom task sequence for an out-of-the box laptop

I'm playing around with MDT with the intent of facilitating the rollout of new laptops. As we turn on the new laptop for the first we want to go through with the standard windows OEM installation. ...
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FOG Server NFS Issue

I am having an issue with the Free Open Ghost server. I set it up on Ubuntu server, and have Ubuntu mounting an SMB share to it's /images directory (my server has a small internal boot disk). Fog's ...
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Best method to clone a Windows server?

I have a Windows Server 2012 production server I am running with RDS set up. I want to copy everything I have done to set up this RDS server (user profiles, files, settings, etc) and make a second ...
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Passing a value from one Task Sequence Variable to another during OSD

We are playing around with Task Sequence variables in SCCM 2012 Sp1. We are reimaging Operating systems wirelessly and one of the problems we've run into is that when assigning the computer name the ...
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Generalize an image without using Sysprep?

Without using sysprep, is there another way to generalize an image for use with Clonezilla? I created a sysprep image and forgot to add a few things. So when I tried to redo it, I get the failed to ...
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Windows System Image Manager - Extended Attributes Error

I'm trying to create a basic answer file for an image I'm working on to get the computer to automatically join the domain upon reimage. I've got the Win7 Pro 64 bit install.wim file extracted from the ...
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How to Shift Domain Controller without Imaging or Cloning

I have "Machine A" which is Server Running Windows Server 2008 with AD. Almost 65 xp clients are connected to this server. I have another "Machine B" which has good hardware configuration, I want to ...
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Cloning software RAID 1

I got any order for seven Linux-HA NFS clusters, which consist of two nodes a piece. Each node has a software RAID 1 configuration. I'm trying to speed up the process here. How could I go about ...
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Put files on deployed PC's HDD during SCCM2012 OSD

We are deploying Windows 7 using an OSD in SCCM 2012 SP1. We are doing this wirelessly. One of the things we are struggling on is automatically connecting to the Wireless. A solution is to use NETSH ...
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What directories absolutely need to be in a full system backup? [closed]

I'm currently configuring an Ubuntu Server system and would like to perform routine backups using rsync. The goal is to have the right files backed up so that I can use the backup to create an ...
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Best way to replicate servers

I currently have two servers both with linux software RAID1 configurations. They use heartbeat and DRBD to create a shared DRBD device that hosts a a exported NFS directory. The servers run Ubuntu ...
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Clonezilla - restore to different partitiion size?

I am using PartedMagic on a liveCD, and specifically am using Clonezilla to mirror a partition so that it can be restored to another drive. However, the drive I am attempting to restore to is smaller ...
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Get hardware serial number by MAC address?

Is there a command like the following: wmic /node:"COMPUTERNAME" bios get serialnumber But by MAC address instead of computer name? A solution to that would be appreciated, although if you have ...
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Imaging OS X installations

We have about 20 Macs in our shop, all of which have been setup and configured as they were purchased. We have a mix of computers and years (some Mac Minis, some iMacs, some MacBook Pros). They're not ...
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systemimager and sun grid engine queuing system

I'm about to install our new cluster. I've installed the first node and used it for golden-image. As a queuing software we use SGE (Sun Grid Engine). After installing of the first node I tested ...
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WDS Driver Installs Cause Error After Imaging

We use Windows Deployment Services on Server 2008 R2 to deploy images to all of our computers. To simplify the process, I put driver packages for display & network in WDS so our techs don't have ...
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Hardware independent computer imaging

Where I work we deploy a lot of computers to staff and we try to keep them all roughly the same. Presently we take each new machine type we get, configure it the way we want, and then take an image ...
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Software solution for duplicating files to multiple USB flash drives simultaneously [closed]

We are distributing data to hundreds of customers using USB flash drives. There are expensive hardware solutions to duplicate USB flash drives. Is there any cheap software alternative using a ...
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How can I retrieve statistics from my ghost cast server?

I have a GhostCast server running for deploying images. I would like to have each ghost cast session to write to a file ( can be multiple text files or append to one file already there ) statistics. ...
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How to prepare computers for donation

We are decommissioning around 40 Dell desktops. We would like to donate them but drives need to be wiped. What's the best approach to wipe them all as efficiently as possible? Is it standard practice ...
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Booting to non-default NetBoot? [closed]

Is is possible to script the bless command to have the computer boot to a specific Netboot set that is not the default?
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How to fix 7B stop errors when cloning Windows images to different HBA types

When Windows is installed it searches it's driver database and installs the appropriate HBA driver so the boot loader can access the drive and boot the system. When an image is taken and cloned to a ...
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Is Imaging over wireless possible and/or feasible? PXE boot over Wireless?

I am looking to implement (if possible/feasible) the ability to image a PC and Mac via our wireless network. Is this actually possible? I have read multiple documents that newer Macbook Airs can do ...
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Workstation is not accepting image

I am in the process of a Win 7 migration using MDT and the last workstation is having a problem reimaging. I am getting an error message saying the installation was canceled windows cannot not ...
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Wyse Z Class Thin Client (WES7) Image Deployment

We are currently working on deploying a few Wyse WES7 thin clients (Z Class, exact model escapes me at the moment). We have WDM setup, and are able to see new clients show up, interact with them, ...
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Write an image to an external hard disk in Windows 7

As you may already know, Windows Vista SP2 and up (includes Windows 7) block raw disk write access. Is there a way, short of patching the kernel, to override that block? So in cygwin I can do e.g. cat ...
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Image a Windows PC using Linux

I want to create a bootable USB disk (like Clonezilla) and create images which are saved as GHO/GHS I also want to restore images back to the PC and do the following tasks (if possible) Rename the ...
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Windows 7 install in small office

I have 6 new computer in a primary school that arrived with Win 7 installed. I have to put them on our domain, but I also have to install all sorts of programs on them. With Win XP I always cloned ...
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Automated Server cloning and deployment

I have an ERP system that requires a local installation on a Windows Terminal Server to operate properly. Right now I pay for each TS that I have the vendor install the software on directly. ...
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Sysprep system started up

We sysprep'd our newest xp install and restarted to image it. Our tech missed getting it to boot into the usb drive for imaging. Is there anyway to leave the install now without it giving a bootup ...
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NT 4 inaccessible boot device

We have two NT4 SP6 machines that are identical. One of them went down and gives a bsod on boot with 'inaccessible boot device'. We assumed the hard drive went bad. So we attempted to take an image of ...
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Taking image of a VPS to run locally

How can i take image of my ubuntu running on a VPS and then make it run on my local machine? I have access to my VPS via ssh as root user. Taking an image of it and making it run on local machine ...
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PXE-E32 TFTP Open Timeout While Attempting to PXE Boot from Windows Deployment Services

I'm running Windows Deployment Services on Windows Server 2008 R2 on top of an ESX 4.0 box. This is the only function of this VM instance, although it had previously functioned as an AD Domain ...
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Sysprep rearm set to 1 and shouldn't have been. Any workarounds for automatic activation prior to the 30 day period?

I work for a fairly large school. We are deploying 850 tablet PCs to students starting tomorrow (Windows 7 Enterprise with a MAK). We have imaged all of these machines with our standard student image ...
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disaster recovery plan for server migration

We are migrating from a DC and Exchange 2003 on an old Win 2003 server to Win 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010 in a virtual env. We are worried hardware failure in our old server when we install adprep and ...
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Windows Deployment Server and Re-Re-Imaging via PXE Boot

I'm just getting the hang of trying to configure/use Windows Deployment Services (WDS) to image Windows 7 workstations on our network. I have the WDS server configured so any machine can request an ...
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Rebuilding failed WDS & MDT server… Do we need to change DNS, DHCP or AD?

My colleague and I are experimenting with replacing Ghost with WDS (Server 2008 R2 SE) and MDT 2010. I intially built the virtual machine and added the WDS service but at the time I also imported ...