Windows 7 create/deployment help
Im very new to sysprep and Win7 imaging, so im trying to wrap my head around a few things. We've read dozens of articles pertaining to sysprep, Win7 images, altiris, and hardware-independent deployments. For example, i found this thread (https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/forums/windows7-deploy ), where the OP is in almost an identical situation as us. The discussion in that thread talks about doing things almost completely different than what we've been trying to do (somewhat unsuccessfully).
A few questions pertaining to that thread...
- rename the pc to what the actual computer name should be after image is deployed
- install dagent
- detect pc model and download drivers
- install downloaded drivers
- apply unattend.xml and join the pc the domain
why cant a lot of this be done in the real Windows environment? Wouldn't Windows plug-n-play install drivers automatically if the driver directories are added to the plug-n-play list?
Windows 7 includes a TON of built-in drivers (that are obviusly WHQL certified and provided by the MFG); are ppl scripting the installation of ALL drivers, or just those for unknown devices and critically important devices (like gfx card drivers for CAD/media production computers)?
Is there a reason or benefit for changing computer name, either via script or sysprep, in WinPE over having altiris do it as part of a task in the imaging job?
Also, i read somewhere that DS should have sysprep cab files installed automatically under express\desployment server\sysprep. We do not. Are they needed, and where can i find them?