1 image for 20 machines
I'm a high school science teacher and the closest thing to tech support we have on staff. I've been asked to maintain 20 computers that are not associated with our network (other than wireless internet connections) and therefore don't boot with a network image as do the rest of the computers. They are all windows 7 Pro 2GoPC's.
Rather than going to each one individually to keep it up to date and install software, I'm thinking I will create a system image from one that is good to go using the build in Window's utility, and then restore each of the machines with that image. A major advantage I see to this is if a student screws something up, I can just restore it back to the original image. Also, if the computer needs to get reset next year, I can update the image and restore each machine in the same manner.
Since they are all identical machines, there shouldn't be any hardware issues requiring me to "generalize" the image, right? When restoring a machine to run that image, will I be asked to put in the windows product ID or am I going to run into a problem there? Is there a better way to be doing this?
E5200 Wolfsdale 2.5GHz
2x Sapphire HD4850 Crossfire'd
Corsair CMPSU 750W
G.Skill 4GB (2x2) DDR2 1000
1x300gb & 1x1TB SATA300