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Nov
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comment questions about cloning win7 pro in a domain environment
Yes, you should remove the profiles from the computer before creating an image. When you Sysprep you should really have only the one Administrator account present that you are running Sysprep from. As Jim B pointed out, you really shouldn’t be creating images from live machines, but should instead use a minimal reference image and a deployment solution like MDT to inject apps, drivers, etc. This avoids conflicts like this that can be hard to pin down considering the number of variables in a production environment.
Nov
11
comment Are the SID, admin tokens, etc. created on the first boot after SysPrep, before going through setup?
A system should be removed from the domain, or never joined to the domain in the first place, before running Sysprep.
Nov
5
answered Windows 7 (32-bit) Sysprep not running Unattend.XML but no error in logs
Jul
7
answered “Modular” deployment tool for Windows 7?
Jun
24
comment Windows 2012 Post-sysprep Powershell script not running
How are you deploying? If you are using MDT or SCCM you could add the script to a post OS installation step in the deployment task sequence.
Jun
10
comment You can deploy on Windows 10 with MDT?
MDT 2013 Update 1 is in preview and supports Windows 10 deployment. No need for an unofficial workaround: blogs.technet.com/b/msdeployment/archive/2015/03/02/… For builds newer than Build 10041, due to the change in kernel number some additional tweaks are required, but again, not unofficial: blogs.technet.com/b/msdeployment/archive/2015/03/28/…
Jun
3
comment Do I need to use Sysprep to clone VMs on my personal lab?
I agree with this. In my personal lab, I have a “permanent” virtual machine configured as a deployment server with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. When I create a new blank virtual machine, I deploy Windows from that server, complete with updates and whatever software I need for testing, and I am ready to go. One alternative though could be if you have a small number of machines. You could install and configure each separately, then create a snapshot of the vanilla environment. That way you wouldn’t be cloning as much as just restoring back to the snapshot when you needed a new machine.
May
20
comment Unattend.xml getting overwritten during first boot
What happens if you put the image into a VM and run Sysprep from the command line explicitly specifying the answer file? Can you try putting the answer file in %WINDIR%\Panther\Unattend? As you can see from the link I provided, %SYSTEMDRIVE% is the lowest priority location and is easily overwritten.
May
13
answered Unattend.xml getting overwritten during first boot
Feb
11
answered MDT LiteTouchPE Windows 8.1 deployment very slow
Feb
11
answered Unable to Join Windows 8.1 Pro Clients to domain on windows server 2003
Jan
28
answered Restore using Windows Server Backup on a clean machine
Jan
16
answered xen server windows template sysprep Autounattend
Nov
7
answered Unable to perform an unattended domain join using WDS and an answer file on Windows 8.1
Oct
30
answered I cannot add WIFI drivers to Microsft Deployment Toolkit
Oct
30
answered How can I test my Microsoft Deployment Server custom settings?
Oct
30
answered use sysprep for windows custom deployment, but leave settings like keyboard, start menu the same
Oct
16
comment 2 computers with same Previous ConfigMgr UUID
Why aren’t you using Sysprep? Is there an installed application with incompatibility? Many of the behaviors you might want to avoid with Sysprep can be worked around, usually with an answer file. For example, if you don’t want drivers to be removed because the target hardware is identical, you can configure PersistAllDeviceInstalls.
Sep
25
answered Application deployment using MDT with no access to network.