Our company has standardized on the HP Evo platform for our client computers. The models we have include: N600, N610, N620, NC6000, W4000, and XW4100. We also have a Gateway E series computer that we need to support. Currently we use the Altiris/HP RDP package to create a unique Windows XP SP2 Pro image for each computer. We made a separate image since each platform needed different drivers and some have different mass storage devices (IDE and SCSI).

What I would really like is to get it down to one or two images instead of 7 or more. Thankfully our Proliant DL servers are close enough hardware wise that we do have a single server OS image.

The first problem seems to be what boot device the image expects. Right now I can't take my N600 laptop image and put it in the XW4100 with a SCSI drive and even have it reboot after the image restores. So as I see it:

1) I need an image that will boot with multiple mass storage subsystems.
2) Some how put all the drivers for all the platforms in one image and let Windows use PnP to install the right ones for whatever it detects.

How can I achieve my end goal?

Thanks ahead of time!

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I should also mention we are looking at the SMS 2003 OS image deployment tool. Currently we produce standalone DVD images that boot into DOS and then run the Altiris restore wizard and then it reboots and does a sysprep configuration. I wouldn't have a problem using a different software package if it would allow us to use one image for all client hardware.
Answered 02/02/2005 by: dseaman
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