Our department had been previously using FOG for imaging machines. I took our base image and imported it into a virtual machine for the convenience of having snapshots at various parts of image creation (snapshot just prior to sysprepping, etc) and that has been working out very nicely. So I was able to create a provisioning template in landesk to deploy our base image to our machines. As per the Landesk provisioning pdf it says that I can either capture an image in oobe mode with generalize box checked, or in audit mode with the generalize unchecked.
I captured this vm base image in oobe mode with generalize checked and tried my template on an older laptop. The template worked great from start to finish with no issues, installed and activated windows, and installed our landesk agent. However I realized that I had not enabled HII in the template and was relying on a c:\drivers folder on the base image that contained the older machine's drivers.
So I added the HII action to my template in an attempt to image a newer model machine that did not have drivers in a c:\drivers folder on the base image. It was at this point (after much googling) that I stumbled across the (i may be wrong here) that the portion of the unattend file "audit system" which sets the lddriverstore for landesk to store its drivers, will not run in the oobe mode and will only go through that pass in audit mode.
So i went back to my base image vm, launched sysprep, set it to enter audit mode without the generalize checked. set it to shutdown. Then recaptured my image with landesk.
Now when I attempt to image the older model laptop with hii enabled windows attempts to start after hii, it sits at "setup is preparing your computer for first use" indefinitely.
Any tips would be greatly appreciated.