I would like to deploy a reference installation of Windows 10 Pro with software and user settings to my physical clients. I have a couple of questions concerning this process:
Can I start the development of the reference image without a product key? I would simply install Windows 10 in the virtual machine, configure it and use the Sysprep tool.
After the setup of the master machine, I would like to clone this machine to several physical machines (Laptops, Desktops). How do I deploy the Virtual Disk to the physical machine? Is there a better solution than using Clonezilla or Ghost to copy the image to the disk and then using GParted to resize the filesystem accordingly? I am little concerned whether this will create a "clean" filesystem.
What's about hardware differences? Will new hardware be recognized and will the system be optimized for the new hardware (e.g. SSD drives should disable defragmentation during installation of Windows or tablet mode should be enabled on convertibles)?
In the last step I would install the missing drivers on each machine individually.
Is this the right workflow for a small amount of clients or am I wrong?
Sadly, the official documentation is not really optimized for "small" deployments of a handfull of clients.
Thanks for any hints!