Cloning a hard drive accross 32 computers!

January 22, 2011 at 17:42:36
Specs: Windows XP Pro 32bit SP3, Dell, refurbished
I am setting up a new computer lab at an elementary school. All the computers are the exact same configuration, same everything. I have completely configured one, teacher and student log in's, corporate MS Office, volume licenses of several programs, AVG Free 2011 and so on. Took a couple hours at least to get it all just right.

Well, knowing how much time it all takes, I want a solution to make this faster. Cloning seams to fit the bill, but it raises some other questions.

The product key is not a volume license, or to be more clear, each machine has it's own product key and COA sticker.

Can I:

1: Clone the set-up computers HDD over each computer, simply changing the product key on each individually.
2: Do it over a network (software recommendations?)
3: Use the same copy of AVG Free (I understand it assigns a license each time you install, so maybe I have to install that separately?)

Any help is greatly appreciated.


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January 22, 2011 at 19:16:50
google microsoft key update tool ....will fit on a floppy.

You can image your computer and place the image on the same machine in a separate directory... then make a boot disk...another floppy to connect to the server and install the image..........takes a bit of time. Ghost has such a program.

Or use a cloning program like Maxtors max blast. You pull each hard drive from the computer and set them as slave and run maxblast....10to15 minutes per clone.

Avg would have to be installed separately.

Another option is make an iso of of your install disk...burn 5 copies and install five computer at time.

Hope this is of some help

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