In the passed, I have used clonezilla, sysprep and a volume licence keep to clone images to many computers. This was based on Windows XP.
How about Windows 7 pro? Will the steps be exactly the same? As in
- Setup a PC as required
- Sysprep it with a volume license key
- Clone the HDD/partition using clone zilla to an img
- Clone the img to the rest of the computers
Or has cloning changed since XP, and is there a newer way of doing this without using sysprep?
Microsoft does not support the use of Sysprep for the following scenarios
To run sysprep after imaging or cloning production computer for the purpose of changing the SID and computername to join the domain and make the computer unique. For example if you cloned or performed a Physical to Virtual(P2V) of a computer but want to leave the source computer running instead of decommissioning it.
With Windows XP, I used sysprep with cloning so when clones and switched on for the first time, I would be able to give the computer a name so it's unique on the network.
Looks like micosoft will not support such a scenario with windows 7.
So what's the alternative?