Windows 7 Image Deployment with SCCM SP2 R2

/ March 30th, 2010/ Posted in Configuration Manager, Windows 7 / 3 Comments »

1. Create Windows 7 Gold Image to your liking, installing all applications

2. Create unattend.xml file for initial audit phase using WAIK. The only setting I like to apply here is the CopyProfile=TRUE. This will enable whatever user’s profile that runs sysprep.exe to be copied to the Default User profile.

3. After configuring initial unattend file copy it to c:\windows\system32\sysprep\ folder and load up a command prompt. After the file has been placed there boot sysprep into audit mode with the generalize command. Without the generalize command the current user’s profile will not be copied to the default profile.

4. After it boots up into audit mode install any additional software, clean up temporary files, customize any other settings needed.

5. Once additional customizations are complete put sysprep into oobe mode. delete the orginal unattend.xml file as the new one will be pushed down with SMS. then run sysprep with sysprep.exe /oobe /generalize /shutdown. This will cause the system to shutdown after the sysprep is complete and then your ready to capture the image.


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  1. Jimm
    2010/06/23 at 15:08:00

    I’ve tried this process and when I execute the oobe, sysprep crashes. The event log mentions rearm failing. Windows restarts and reports that I need to reinstall to complete the installation.



  2. Jimm
    2010/06/23 at 11:42:24

    Is there any reason not to attach the device to the domain? What’s in my mind is if Outlook can be configured and have the outlook profile modified. We use a series of mailboxes called chatter. This is where everyone can send a mass type mail without it going to all users. My hope is that we can add this mailbox to the folder and have sysprep embed it into the default user profile. Is /generalize smart enough to realize this is an outlook profile or am I looking for trouble?

    • Jamie
      2010/06/23 at 12:19:17

      I think your asking for trouble because outlook profiles are configured on a per user basis..

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