How to use Ghost 11.5.1 - Windows Server 2008 without sysprep?
We deploy windows based servers appliances (Windows 2003 / 2008 Standard Server), all of which run in a "Kiosk" sort of fashion. We buy a multi activation key from Microsoft and have a special server build that needs to look and feel the same at each site (ie security – ip addressing – server name – licenses etc) – all servers are created equal on same exact hardware.
A while back we used Ghost (DOS) 8.2 to create our windows 2003 server image file. When we cloned the images everything came over from the image file. Today our manufacturing company told us to use Ghost (DOS) 11.5.1 with sysprep.exe. I really didn’t think sysprep was necessary since each build server should be the same. In addition it’s a pain to clone my image of the server; hence I saw that the interfaces (names / ip addressing / metrix etc) were blank. I also noticed that the Microsoft license has been reset to invalid. Is there any way around sysprep? Why is this info not appearing on my cloned image? Am I missing something? Please give me some pointers on how I can this process easier.
Ghost - line command.
c:\ghost\ghost.exe -clone,mode=load,src=c:\ghost\images\6550-R4\0362012.gho,dst=2 -sure -rb