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#1 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 19:41

Currently we are using Ghost 11.5 to clone machines and keep images of them updated to quickly deploy computers. I thought there was an official microsoft sanctioned method of doing this with a microsoft product. We have noticed that several of our laptop models (Dell Latitude E5510 and 5530) do not handle Ghost Imaging well and have a high failure rate and need to be imaged more than once.

 

Could anyone tell me the Microsoft preferred method of this or some other options that might make deployment easier?



Best Answer manroweb , 20 August 2013 - 19:50

Microsoft deployment toolkit is good for installing windows + drivers + base apps.

 

http://www.microsoft...s.aspx?id=25175

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#2 manroweb

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 19:50   Best Answer

Microsoft deployment toolkit is good for installing windows + drivers + base apps.

 

http://www.microsoft...s.aspx?id=25175



#3 Javik

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 19:54

MDT can't do cloning as is, you still have to install each OS and software set manually. Your best bet is to use WinPE and Imagex to capture a generic image that you can deploy across multiple systems (you'll need a pretty large USB drive, probably NTFS formatted). You should be able to dig up some tutorials



#4 IM_bck

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 20:03

Imagex is vastly superior to Ghost.  File based imaging is infinitely better than Ghost's sector based imaging.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 20:20

WDS/WIM

http://www.wikihow.c...-Services-(WDS)

http://technet.micro...6(v=ws.10).aspx

http://technet.micro...y/hh831764.aspx



#6 Javik

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 20:25

Imagex is vastly superior to Ghost.  File based imaging is infinitely better than Ghost's sector based imaging.

 

Precisely, if you move a system image from a 512b disk to a 4K disk. You'd end up with misaligned partitions



#7 azspeedbullet

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 13:52

at my job, we are slowly getting rid of Ghost and using acronis instead



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 14:19

Pretty good 'get you going' guide here with regards to MDT -- http://www.danscours...-windowspe.html



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 15:41

If your running Windows Server 2008 r2, use WDS (Windows Deployment Services) works like a dream. You can prepare your images with all drivers/software/updates that you need, sysprep it, capture it via PXE + WDS then deploy it using your network. I use it very often and just finished imaging around 500 devices with it.



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Posted 31 August 2013 - 02:23

Acronis True Image 2014 is now out





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