[THIN] Re: SYSPREP and Windows Server 2003.

  • From: "Chris Lynch" <lynch00@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 11:29:24 -0700

 
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I understand that, and I have a VBScript that already makes those
changes after the image is complete.  I would rather create a SYSPREP
image for our clients, so they can walk through the mini-setup if
they choose to do so.

I believe I figured out the cause and where it happens in the whole
process, and I might have a final resolve (for those that want to
know).

First, make a backup of the HKLM\System\MountedDevices key.  Run
SYSPREP 2.0, BUT DO NOT HAVE IT SHUTDOWN OR REBOOT.  Select Quit from
the last drop-down list.  Run SYSPREP.  After it closes, re-import
the backup reg key you previously made.  The reason for this is that
SYSPREP deletes this key.  It appears that SYSPREP 1.x never did, and
now with 2.0 it does.  I have tested this on one machine, and it
works.  However, this with same hardware.  I will be testing this
procedure on another server to make sure that it does not fail.  If
anyone else can test this, please let me know what you find out.

Chris 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> [mailto:thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jim Hathaway
> Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2004 11:09 AM
> To: thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [THIN] Re: SYSPREP and Windows Server 2003.
> 
> Personally I'm not a fan of Sysprep, it resets too much of 
> the operating environment back to defaults that makes you 
> waste a lot of time in re-configuring it again. Why use an 
> image if you have to spend time redoing the setup?
> 
> Newsid (from sysinternals), as well as the version of Ghostwalk
> (ghstwalk.exe) that comes w/ ghost 8.x work fine on Win2k3 
> boxes that need to get renamed and assigned a new SID without 
> having to re-config the operating environment as much as
> sysprep.=20  
> 
> They also work fine on systems w/ re-mapped drive letters.=20
> 
> J
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Lynch [mailto:lynch00@xxxxxxx]=20
> Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2004 11:04 AM
> To: thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [THIN] SYSPREP and Windows Server 2003.
> 
> =20
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> Has anyone come up with a good work around for the SYSPREP 
> 2.0 issue and Windows Server 2003 with remapped drives?  I 
> think I have come up with a solution (actually two), and 
> wanted to know if anyone has done the same.
> 
> 1.  Use SYSPREP 1.1 (which has been reported to work with W2K3)
> 
> OR
> 
> 2.  Edit HKLM\System\MountDevices and modify any "\DosDevices\x:"
> value where X is the new drive letter.  Change X to the 
> original mapped drive letter (i.e. M) and reboot.  However, 
> COM+ still appears to be screwed up.  I found out that 
> SYSPREP 2.0 does this "modification" prior to rebooting into 
> mini-setup or shutting down, depending on what you are going 
> to do next (i.e. get a GHOST image, or test the image).
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Chris
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