Sysprep needed?

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
December 7, 2009 at 13:00:05
Specs: XP Pro, pentium m
Since Sysinternals retired NewSID a about a month ago as pointless, I have a question.

Given that we have an XP volume license, exactly identical hardware on the PCs to image, and we're not going to join them to a domain (Novell is used here) , is there any need to use sysprep? Will a straight clone (Symantec ghost) cause any other problems.

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December 7, 2009 at 13:22:24
I see no reason to use sysprep.

Nice of Mark/MS to figure out we all wasted our time with newsid. Of course 10 years late. Wonder how many billions in staff time was wasted.

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December 7, 2009 at 13:40:21
Not 10 years late - 12 years actually as newsid was first known as NTSID. The creator of this tool - a Fellow at M$ - now publicily admitted it's a myth


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December 7, 2009 at 14:42:19
If you're only use the Novell Client and there is no need for Microsofts File and Printer sharing, you can use simply the same image to clone the PCs of the same hardware configuration.
And you hopefully have uninstalled the Client for Microsoft Networks to avoid useless network traffic.
But you have to have a vulume licence.

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