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What do I need to clone several machines, (laptops or desktops) all at the same time?
    
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Clone them all at the same time? Not sure exactly what you mean, but:

I assume you mean drive imaging. Norton make a program called Norton Ghost. You can create an image of the drive and burn it to a disk. You can then boot the disk and image the drive with the image on the disk. If you burned several disks it could be done at the same time.
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Well, I have access to servers, routers, hubs, switches, etc and I want to clone/ghost/image several machines at once - what's the best / easiest way to do that, and what software is there for it besides Norton Ghost?

I've used Norton Ghost, but almost a decade ago.... and I don't particularly want to buy it..
    
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I've worked in a place that did mass cloning of computers. Basically, they had a server with various images of specific computers. For each model of any comp they would make an initial image of the disk and then for every computer of the same model thereafter they would just clone that image onto each computer. It seemed pretty shady...

I can't remember what software was being used at the moment but if I do I'll post back.
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post #5 of 8
When you're saying cloning you actually mean pushing out a base system install to several systems at once and that those systems are identical as far as hardware goes, correct?

There are plenty of programs out there to clone systems over a network such as Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image... if you don't plan on spending money you could use Microsoft's SysPrep. Probably your best anyway since it will address the fact that via cloning each system would have the same SID and Windows Serial #...

Here's a start for XP. And for Windows 7.
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post #6 of 8
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Is there any free imaging software? I'm downloading Acronis True Image, but it's only the Trial version.. Not sure if it will do what I need since it's only a trial.

Any help is greatly appreciated as this is for a non profit company that helps kids and schools!
    
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post #7 of 8
There is a western digital edition of acronis available on the WD website. I don't know if it is any better than the trial though.
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post #8 of 8
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I'm at a loss. I need to image/ghost several machines but I can't seem to find an efficient way to do it!

Anyone have ideas?
    
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