Software for Creating Netbook Images

Samsung N150 netbook
June 29, 2010 at 07:05:07
Specs: Windows 7 Starter
Hi All,

We have currently purchased a lot of Netbooks for our Company and i was looking for a decent bit of Software that could create an Image of 1 Netbook (With all our Company Software Installed) that could be deployed to the remianing Netbooks.

The Netbooks are not on the Domain (Due to having Win 7 Starter O/S) and so i don't think a RIS Image would suffice as they would not PXE Boot from our RIS Server. My first method was to create a Full Backup of 1 Netbook and then use this Backup file to Restore the remaining Netbooks and then change the machine name but i know this is not the correct way to do things as i will end up duplicating a lot of things that should not be duplicated.

Anyhow, to cut a long story short, I've been browsing the Web to find some suitable Imaging software, but i've been presented with lots of Products and they all seem to be mainly Backup Software and i don't really want to go through the Backup method as i've previously stated and i don't want to purchase an entire Enterprise Package either as we only have 30 Netbooks and so this is more for time saving then an entire solution as we have a RIS Server for our Network machines.

Anyway, if anyone could recommend a standalone bit of Software that i could use to properly create and deploy these images (Would prefer to deploy over Flash Disk but don't mind if over CD/DVD) then i would be grateful and it would save me a lot of time trialling countless Software Trials. The Product doesn't have to be Freeware as i have no issue with purchasing it.

Thank you all in advance,

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June 29, 2010 at 10:17:02
is your making a single flash drive of an operating system and programs that will be the same on all computers and all the computers are the same, you just just use a backup image, i see no real difference, or you can use acronis and create a hidden partion on each machine, from the initial setup, and have incremental backups, that way you can just boot into the system image on each machine and restore to the latest image, or use the flash image on all machines, windows 7 system image should be fine for that.

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June 29, 2010 at 13:17:26
You need to look at how MS has changed it's method of making images for deployment. Read up on Windows AIK. Might start at the download as it contains both tools and documentation. See also technet for aik.

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