Preparing and Sysprep’ing the Reference Computer

This is a follow up to my earlier post which outlined the procedure to build an unattend.xml answer file to automate the Windows 7 installation process in a deployment scenario.

In this post I will, in a nutshell, install Windows 7, boot into audit mode, customize the installation and prepare the system for duplication using Sysprep using the answer file I built in the previous post. The result will be a Hybrid image ready to capture and deploy to target computers.  Continue reading

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Experiments with Sysprep

With the Technician Computer at hand I’ve recently been familiarising myself with the Windows SIM tool and actually building the unattend.xml answer file – I must say I find it very exciting and am really getting stuck in!

I kept it simple to start off with – to completely automate the installation while generating a random computer name, enabling the built-in admin account and customizing the default user profile. With the groundwork done beforehand my first answer file, I can say with some satisfaction, worked without a hitch!  Continue reading