Setting Up 24 Windows 10 Computers An Easier Way

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Hello!

I find myself in a rather tedious position. The company I work for is setting up 24 machines that need the same exact programs, files, settings, among other things put on them. They're basically going to be duplicate computers but named Machine 1, Machine 2, Machine 3, etc and the idea of doing the entire process 24 times isn't appealing. Is there a relatively simple way, whether it be through windows tools or third party software, to set up one complete computer and then clone and install that image onto the remaining 23 computers? I feel like I would have issues with Windows authentication on each computer but I imagine there's an easy way to fix that.

Edit: The computers are all the same make/model and, as far as I can tell, have the same hardware.

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!
 
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Hello!

I find myself in a rather tedious position. The company I work for is setting up 24 machines that need the same exact programs, files, settings, among other things put on them. They're basically going to be duplicate computers but named Machine 1, Machine 2, Machine 3, etc and the idea of doing the entire process 24 times isn't appealing. Is there a relatively simple way, whether it be through windows tools or third party software, to set up one complete computer and then clone and install that image onto the remaining 23 computers? I feel like I would have issues with Windows authentication on each computer but I imagine there's an easy way to fix that.

Edit: The computers are all the same make/model and, as far as I can tell, have the same hardware.

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!
A company like that should use Microsoft Deployment Tool (MDT) or the newer System Configuration Console Management (SCCM) to deploy Windows and any other apps, regardless of the computer.

Other software: Norton Ghost is one other that I have used, but prefer MDT / SCCM.

This link has other alternatives: https://www.g2.com/categories/os-imaging-deployment
 
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Hello!

I find myself in a rather tedious position. The company I work for is setting up 24 machines that need the same exact programs, files, settings, among other things put on them. They're basically going to be duplicate computers but named Machine 1, Machine 2, Machine 3, etc and the idea of doing the entire process 24 times isn't appealing. Is there a relatively simple way, whether it be through windows tools or third party software, to set up one complete computer and then clone and install that image onto the remaining 23 computers? I feel like I would have issues with Windows authentication on each computer but I imagine there's an easy way to fix that.

Edit: The computers are all the same make/model and, as far as I can tell, have the same hardware.

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Hello!

I find myself in a rather tedious position. The company I work for is setting up 24 machines that need the same exact programs, files, settings, among other things put on them. They're basically going to be duplicate computers but named Machine 1, Machine 2, Machine 3, etc and the idea of doing the entire process 24 times isn't appealing. Is there a relatively simple way, whether it be through windows tools or third party software, to set up one complete computer and then clone and install that image onto the remaining 23 computers? I feel like I would have issues with Windows authentication on each computer but I imagine there's an easy way to fix that.

Edit: The computers are all the same make/model and, as far as I can tell, have the same hardware.

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!
A friend of mine told me once he had done that process through the network, I mean installing Windows through the network.
 

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A friend of mine told me once he had done that process through the network, I mean installing Windows through the network.
SCCM can do this, but doing all 23/24 at the same time will take up bandwidth. You can also have the image on a USB as well to install, however SCCM is complexed to set up but if it's set up correctly then it will make IT life easier.
 

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SCCM can do this, but doing all 23/24 at the same time will take up bandwidth. You can also have the image on a USB as well to install, however SCCM is complexed to set up but if it's set up correctly then it will make IT life easier.
Thank you for the advice! I will look in to MDT and SCCM. Going the USB route is probably the more practical option for us. We don't need to do them simultaneously and none of us are particularly adept in the world of IT.
 

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SCCM requires a server so if this is not something you guys have, then you may have to look at Norton Ghost or the alternative software in the list.
 

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And, since "none of us are particularly adept in the world of IT", I think SCCM would be way out of their league. I believe there is a pretty steep learning curve involved ...
 
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to set up one complete computer and then clone and install that image onto the remaining 23 computers?
Yes there is one conventional way to do this:
Windows ADK has the tools you need to customize Windows images for large-scale deployment
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/get-started/adk-install

You can customize Windows in any way you want, capture image and deploy to any amount of computers.

a relatively simple way
You're are working for IT company, for administrators "simply way" should be foreign word.
At least if you want a pay rise :)
 

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Where I used to work, the IT dept had a number of images stored on an external drive. They named the images after the model of dell SO it was a pretty simple matter to restore the image. If you do not want to use a deployment tool, do the install on one machine. Use something like acronis true image to make an image of that machine. Store the image on an external, NAS, large flash drive, whatever. Boot each machine with the acronis boot usb and restore the image. You will have to change the name on the target machine to whatever you want.

Done.
 

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