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RIS and SteadyState RRS feed

  • Question

  • Can you setup a base workstation with SteadyState pre-configured and image to a RIS Server and successfully deploy that image to multiple workstations?

    I have to assume that I will do WDP after the workstations are imaged.

     

    Any info about this or first hand experiences would be helpful.

     

    Thanks,

    Rick

    Friday, July 20, 2007 6:42 PM

Answers

  • Yes, you can deploy SteadyState with RIS. You may use Riprep to create a Riprep image from a master installation and store it on a RIS server. As the WDP cache file is very sensitive to its physical layout on the hard disk, Windows Disk Protection should not be enabled on the reference computer when using the sysprep or riprep tools. You need to enable it manually on the target machine after installation.

     

    More information:

     

    Designing RIS Installations

    http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/dc89bc1c-9df2-4fc3-ae7f-c46f1a8b41fa1033.mspx?mfr=true

     

    When you install Windows SteadyState on several computers that have identical hardware configurations , another way to deploy Steady State is to use Sysprep tool, which is the most efficient installation method. This method involves:

    §  Configuring a reference computer—Configure a computer that you will use to replicate the Windows SteadyState installation image on other computers in your environment. Follow the installation instructions in the “Installing Windows SteadyState” section of this handbook to prepare your reference computer for disk imaging and installation on multiple computers.

    §  Preparing the reference computer with the System Preparation Tool—After Windows SteadyState is installed, user profiles have been created, and security and critical updates have been installed, use the System Preparation Tool (Sysprep) to prepare the computer for imaging (optional). You can find Sysprep on the Windows XP Operating System CD. For more information on the use of Sysprep, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article #302577 at: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83437.

    §  Creating an image of the reference computer—Create an image of the reference computer hard disk and transfer that image to the hard disk of other computers. There are several non-Microsoft disk imaging software applications that can be used for this task. For more information about disk duplication of Windows XP installations, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article #314828 at: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83438.

    §  Transferring and setting up the image on multiple computers—After the disk image has been transferred to multiple computers, a Mini Setup Wizard will start that validates and activates Windows XP for use on the new computer.

    §  Turning on Windows Disk Protection on All Shared Computers—After the disk image has been transferred to other computers and after you have confirmed that all user profiles are in place on each shared computer, turn on Windows Disk Protection.

     

    More information:

     

    Windows SteadyState Handbook

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=d64af114-336c-4418-beb7-e074e813b498&displaylang=en&tm

    Monday, July 23, 2007 6:24 AM

All replies

  • Yes, you can deploy SteadyState with RIS. You may use Riprep to create a Riprep image from a master installation and store it on a RIS server. As the WDP cache file is very sensitive to its physical layout on the hard disk, Windows Disk Protection should not be enabled on the reference computer when using the sysprep or riprep tools. You need to enable it manually on the target machine after installation.

     

    More information:

     

    Designing RIS Installations

    http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/dc89bc1c-9df2-4fc3-ae7f-c46f1a8b41fa1033.mspx?mfr=true

     

    When you install Windows SteadyState on several computers that have identical hardware configurations , another way to deploy Steady State is to use Sysprep tool, which is the most efficient installation method. This method involves:

    §  Configuring a reference computer—Configure a computer that you will use to replicate the Windows SteadyState installation image on other computers in your environment. Follow the installation instructions in the “Installing Windows SteadyState” section of this handbook to prepare your reference computer for disk imaging and installation on multiple computers.

    §  Preparing the reference computer with the System Preparation Tool—After Windows SteadyState is installed, user profiles have been created, and security and critical updates have been installed, use the System Preparation Tool (Sysprep) to prepare the computer for imaging (optional). You can find Sysprep on the Windows XP Operating System CD. For more information on the use of Sysprep, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article #302577 at: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83437.

    §  Creating an image of the reference computer—Create an image of the reference computer hard disk and transfer that image to the hard disk of other computers. There are several non-Microsoft disk imaging software applications that can be used for this task. For more information about disk duplication of Windows XP installations, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article #314828 at: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83438.

    §  Transferring and setting up the image on multiple computers—After the disk image has been transferred to multiple computers, a Mini Setup Wizard will start that validates and activates Windows XP for use on the new computer.

    §  Turning on Windows Disk Protection on All Shared Computers—After the disk image has been transferred to other computers and after you have confirmed that all user profiles are in place on each shared computer, turn on Windows Disk Protection.

     

    More information:

     

    Windows SteadyState Handbook

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=d64af114-336c-4418-beb7-e074e813b498&displaylang=en&tm

    Monday, July 23, 2007 6:24 AM
  • Ok, a follow-up: After spending a little over a day off and on getting a computer setup to exactly like we wanted it, preconfiguring a Locked Down profile for a user account with high restrictions and only unchecking a few items, changing the background, screensaver, icons on the desktop, setting up Autologin, installing needed applications, etc, etc we proceeded with creating the image with RIS to our server.

     

    From our results, I would have to say that SteadyState is NOT fully compatible with RIS. The profile we created and locked down was all messed up. It went to Classic menu screen and show all the icons on the Start Menu, left us right-click anywhere, etc, etc. No matter how many times we tried checking and unchecking things on the profile to try to get things to take, we just ended up deleting the profiles off all the imaged computers and recreating the pre-defined settings all over again. What we thought would of saved us lots of time, ended up wasting our time. We also found that the autologin had to be redone on the computers.

     

    Lesson learned: Just install SteadyState but do not preconfigure, then RIS image and deploy, add profile, configure and lock down then finally WDP.

     

    Thanks, RDFTS

     

    Friday, July 27, 2007 5:04 AM