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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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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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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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What is your provisioning method? (out of the cardboard -> bare metal -> fully functional server)?

Trying to cut down our deploy times and looking for suggestions and shortcuts you or your team uses to get back in the terminal and out of the data center. Looking at the entire process from ordering ...
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Where can I find a beginner's guide to using sysprep for deploying Windows 7?

I am new to Windows 7, but want to deploy it in a Netware (read: no Active Directory, no domain, etc.) environment. I have used Novell Zenworks for imaging and deploying Windows XP in the past, and ...
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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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Deploying workstations - best practices?

I've been researching on the subject of workstation deployment for a while, and found a ton of info and dozens different methods and tools, but no "best practice" method that doesn't lack at least one ...
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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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make Windows 7 install compatible built-in driver when imaging or with GPO?

I have a device that has had no specific driver released. In Device Manager, if I choose Update Driver... --> Browse my computer driver software --> Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my ...
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Remotely Image a Windows Server

I have a couple windows servers that I do not have physical access to, but I have remote log in access to. I need to pull down am image of these machine as a backup, what would be the best method of ...
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IDE compatability with SATA image

We had an old CNC machine's hard-drive fail recently. The hard-drive is an old 1275MB IDE (Seagate) and there were defiantly bad sectors on it. I was able to image the contents of the drive onto a ...
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NewSid program for linux?

i was reading this question http://serverfault.com/questions/62993/how-to-rename-machines-after-image-install and I was wondering what you do for a linux machine. I am a windows guy and am clueless ...
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Imaging a Macbook

I have a system in place to reimage MacBooks, but I'm looking to automate it. Right now I have a USB Drive that is booting to the Mac OSX Install Disc 1 and from there I am running the asr command ...
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How to add an Open Directory server via a script?

What is the best method to add an Open Directory server via a shell script on a brandly new imaged computer? I've created a new image with InstaDMG and I'd like to add the Open Directory Server via a ...
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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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Monolithic vs Packaged-based Image Creation

The tried-and-true way of making Mac disk images has been to set up your software perfectly on the newest Mac hardware you have, delete some unnecessary files, and create a (monolithic) image of it. ...
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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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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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WDS updating raid drivers in an already existing image WIM

Here is my current setup. WDS installed on Server 2008 R2 for the new driverstore and multicast features. A Windows Server 2003 32bit Standard image built to support previous DL360 models. A new HP ...
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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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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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Creating Windows 7 Images with Hyper V

I have been working on creating standard windows 7 images that can be installed on physical machines (setting up developer machines) following the instructions here This involves: Setting up the ...
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RPCSS kerberos issues on imaged Windows workstations

While doing some unrelated troubleshooting (at least I think so, shared-printer issues) I came across a set of Event Log entries that have me concerned. Machine Name: labcomputer82 Source: ...
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How to image an fresh hard drive

I'm looking for something that can drop an image of Windows onto an uninitialized Hard Drive. I have new units that haven't even had the partition table created on them, and I'm trying to come up with ...
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OS-agnostic Backup Imaging Solution

I'm looking for a way to backup machines running multiple operating systems (possibly with more than one OS on one machine) to a central server on a schedule. The server is running Ubuntu Server 8.04 ...
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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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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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Proper Imaging Procedures to Restore and Deploy Image with Separate System Reserved Partition

UPDATE: As per my experience here, no one responded. If I do not hear back from TechNet forum members about it, I will post a bounty here, if it makes a difference. I have banged my head against a ...
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Recommendations for OS management and deployments in a portable lab?

Are there any general recommendations for managing OS's on a portable laptop cart? The cart will be taken to educational labs and used for teaching job skills to prisoners. We want to reset all the ...
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Why is Apple System Image Utility so slow?

I'm using Apple System Image Utility (SIU) on Snow Leopard 10.6.2 and I am rather disturbed it takes over Three hours to make a Netrestore or Netboot image. I'm using as the donor machine a brand new ...
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PC Imaging questions

I have some questions about how to image a group of PCs. I can use ghost or other software to create an image of a single PC well enough (otherwise this question would just be on superuser). What I ...
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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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Pre-built images deployed directly onto machines without Virtualization

I'm looking into a solution for our QA department that allows them to create a set of operating system images and deploy them to multiple machines from a central server without using virtualization. ...
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Imaging CentOS installation

Due to a necessary upgrade to larger disks in a Dell server I'd like to image the existing CentOS 5.3 installation and recover this onto new disks. Because the existing disks are RAID-1 and take up ...
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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 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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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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Live updating running linux OS instance by unpacking disk image

I have couple of servers running off of an usb stick each. Servers are basically hypervizors. What I was thinking of doing is distributing binary updates in form of downloading system image and ...
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Simple Duplication of several Machines (Imaging, with Linux)

I have set up a single laptop (I have 10 of these exact models) for a demonstration next week. I want to copy the configuration (Fedora 13 with the software for demonstration) to the 9 other machines. ...
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Configuration to backup of several HDD simultaneously in linux

I'm building a backup station. I'd like to be able to get an image of an HDD containing its partition table and all its partition (not one partition at the time) so that restoring will be easy to do. ...
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Automated Image Testing

Let us say I'm using a packaged-based approach of imaging for the Mac, and have a freshly imaged machine (or better, several different types of machines) ready to test. How do I perform automated ...
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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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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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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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Open Source Live Migration (Clone/Imaging)

I want to do a live migration of my Fedora and Windows Server 2003 into raw disk image without restart the server or shut it down. (disk image is for virtualization purpose) Is there any open source ...
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Installing a Windows 7 image using OEM key provided with new computer

I work for a company of approximately 200 employees. We order 2-3 computers a month and would like to create and deploy a standard Windows 7 Pro image to the new machines. Is there a way to do this ...
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Is there a way of creating an image from a bootable usb stick

I would like to create an image from a hard drive, but most software for this requires to be installed (on windows) I would like to attach two hard-drives and a usb stick, and create and copy the ...
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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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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 ...