I'm curious if anyone out there has any experience using the Microsoft
Remote Installation Services (RIS). in Microsoft® Windows® 2000. Sounds
like it could be used instead of Ghost.
According to Microsoft website...
IHVs, ISVs, and OEMs who create tools that help network administrators and
end users perform tasks such as system BIOS updates, standalone system
diagnosis, and virus scanning and repair can use the Remote Installation
Services (RIS) in Microsoft® Windows® 2000 to provide an independent setup
routine that is executed on the RIS Server. RIS provides a centralized
location to integrate maintenance and troubleshooting tools that are
accessible through a network boot.
RIS provides network administrators with the capability to easily install
the base operating system onto a new PC or to replace a system that has
failed. RIS allows the administrator to do these things without ever having
to visit the individual machine.
RIS enables remote installation of Windows 2000 Professional through
server-side image management capabilities. No hardware-specific images for
clients are required: Plug and Play is used to detect client hardware during
Windows 2000 Professional Setup. The operating system and machine can be
recovered in the event of a system failure; this provides the ability to
boot and operate in a "disconnected" state and to support security after the
operating system has booted.
Matthew C. Jackson
MEC Operations Supervisor
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Phone: (248) 879-2456
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Margaret Wilson" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, October 02, 2003 12:07 PM
Subject: Re: Problem with Profiles on Cloned Computer
> Consensus in my shop is that you must use the latest version of Sysprep
> works with XP. Denyson Figueiredo is the Ghost image expert. He's been
> rolling out XP for sometime now. ([log in to unmask])
> Margaret Wilson, MCSE
> College of Human Medicine Information Systems
> Michigan State University
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Chris Wolf" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Thursday, October 02, 2003 11:36 AM
> Subject: Problem with Profiles on Cloned Computer
> > We have been using Ghost for years to clone Windows master-setup images
> > onto other identical hardware. In the last month we've started to run
> > a problem we haven't seen before, and I'm hoping someone can shed some
> > light on this.
> > When we put one of our master images onto a new machine, we use Ghost
> > Walker to change the SID. We do not use SYSPREP. This used to work
> > with no glitches. Now after we run Ghost Walker and then restart
> > and log on as administrator, Windows seems to lose track of the profile
> > the administrator and creates a new one (C:\Documents and
> > Settings\administrator.computername). Similarly, when we log on as a
> > domain user that already has a profile on that computer, it creates a
> > profile (C:\Documents and Settings\domainuser.domain) instead of using
> > existing one.
> > We've tried all sorts of different sequences and ways of changing the
> > changing the computer name, changing domain membership, etc., and we
> > get it to not create a new profile. This has happened with two
> > Windows XP images now, even though we know that we have successfully
> > one of those exact images previously on identical hardware without
> > the extra profiles.
> > Can anyone tell me why this is happening and how to avoid it? Thanks.
> > --Chris
> > ==============================================
> > Chris Wolf Computer Service Manager
> > Agricultural Economics [log in to unmask]
> > Michigan State University 517 353-5017