@littleman1234 Well that’s one way to create a golden image. There are a few things I probably would do differently to make things go smoother and repeatable every time the golden image needs to be recreated (as each new windows 10 release is released).
- How about building your image using a VM? That way you get a hardware agnostic mother image.
- How about using MDT to automate the Golden Image creation. Use the light touch method of image deployment or if you are old enough the Ron Popeil “set it and forget it” method. In this approach you automate the windows 10 image build, install windows updates, install any global applications, make any windows settings (understand that windows 10 will reset anything to do with user profiles in sysprep) and prepare the system for sysprepping.
- Just a few dos and don’ts
3.1 DO NOT let the computer connect to the internet, also set windows update to only talk to wsus server and not get updates from other windows 10 computers (i.e. turn off delivery optimization).
3.2 DO NOT connect the computer to AD (ever before sysprepping)
3.3 DO NOT install programs that are unique guid based before image capture. This would be programs like enterprise antivirus or serialized applications.
- Use the setupcomplete.cmd batch file to do any post image deployment customizations. This is the only way to undo some of the things microsoft reset when sysprep is run.
- Run sysprep with a customer answer file and power off the computer.
- Capture with FOG
- Deploy with FOG
- If you want hardware specific drivers pushed out you can do that with a fog post install script. And then have the setupcomplete.cmd file run the pnputil command to load them into windows during OOBE/WinSetup.
Using the above process I can build a new windows 10 image from dvd in about 50 minutes. Actual hands on time is about 7 minutes from powering on the computer to manually running the sysprep image and powering off the vm at the end. The 50 minutes includes installing 8 common company wide applications as well as windows updates in an automated manner.
Now with that said it did take me about 3 days when I first started working with MDT to get what I wanted as in a solid golden image. So its not just turn MDT on and it spits out an image. There is real work involved with setting it up the first time.
BUT I have to say what ever method works for you is OK. The double sysprep is not necessary in my opinion. Also I’ve never had a good image if I let the computer connect to AD. Doing so tattoos the golden image with AD settings, so I would avoid it until you have the golden image deployed to the target computer.