Cloning Vista installation

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I have a "perfect" MS Vista setup that I need to clone or deploy to another 20 computers. The hardware is identical and it all needs to be done in a hurry. In the old days I would have copied hard drives by hooking up the next drive to the second IDE controller. Then I would have used my trusty copy of Norton Ghost to copy from one disk to the other. Ideally I would like to create some sort of bootable image that I can run off a USB hard disk and just tweak at the end. We have volume licencing on MS Vista and on Office 2007 and the other specialist software that I need to install. My questions are: what is the best way (- and step by step instructions please)? And what is the cheapest way (-licenses etc)?

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Download sysprep for Windows Vista and sysprep the image machine. Pull the hard drive out and then ghost it to the other machines hard drives. When you boot them up it will run through the wizard and auto configure what ever info you configured sysprep for. If you don’t want to deal with the ghost licenses you can put the master drive as a secondary drive, and then drop the new drive as another slave drive and robocopy the disk over, then it should be ready to be booted off of. When it boots it will still run through the wizard.

Make sure that you get the new version of sysprep as Vista needs a different version as Windows XP and Windows 2003 server.

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