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Hey guys, I have a job at my school to image a bunch of computers, but the problem is that they are all slightly different. I need to create a single image to put windows 7 and a host of different applications onto all the computers so that things are easier. I'd much rather not create like 10 different images.

Does anyone have any ideas? google hasn't helped me much (or maybe i'm just not searching the right things)...

thanks in advance

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What I'm sure of is that some differences are tolerable if the motherboard and the GPU are the same.

This I'm not very sure of, but when you have differences between these components it becomes close to impossible to make a single consolidated image (you could group them is there are similar rigs). At least if you should have the same chipset and graphics adapter GPU for it to have a chance to work. Maybe others can pitch in with some ideas if the configs are very different.
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What I'm sure of is that some differences are tolerable if the motherboard and the GPU are the same.

This I'm not very sure of, but when you have differences between these components it becomes close to impossible to make a single consolidated image (you could group them is there are similar rigs). At least if you should have the same chipset and graphics adapter GPU for it to have a chance to work. Maybe others can pitch in with some ideas if the configs are very different.
well i've got a bunch of C2D with Nvidia gt330 cards, some C2Q on the way, then i've got some C2D with quadro cards in them, and with each other C2D system there are similarities but the memory, hard drives, or processors are a tad different. like 1.86 GHz vs. 2.93. They are all dell systems (unfortunately) so the motherboards are some proprietary business which i won't attempt to disect.

does that help at all?
    
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Windows can tolerate some small differences though Linux is much better at that sort of thing. You can try using Norton Ghost or a similar program to create a single image and then restore it onto each system. You can also try the free "dd" utility to create an image of a disk or partition in the same way. If Windows gives you an error after booting from a duplicated system, you may need to run a Windows restore program to simply tell the system that the new hardware is ok. Ghost probably does this for you. The Linux syntax is:

(as root)
dd if=/dev/sda of=system.img

Make sure to boot from a CD or flash drive before doing this so that the data isn't changing while you read it.
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