Summer Rebuild: Hints and Tips wanted!
I now have 2 weeks to prep, and just 10 days of summer holidays to prepare the images for 2 ICT suites, and rebuild the entire domain structure from scratch, including GPO's, shares, User accounts, and build some packages for all the machines, and get the whole school ready for september.
Current system is running winsuite, and they used to use ghost images to image all the laptops and the ICT suite's. The problem was, every time one changed the software, or updated it, the image became obselete, meaning i've now got dozen's of images for a single computer, and none of them are suitable.
So I plan to move to pre-imaged machines for the basics (windows fully patched + Office + SMART notebook software), and then push out other software custom-like via GPO, so when a software update comes out, it's one package that needs updating, not me going round 40 laptops to reinstall manually.
Anyone got any hints/tips for this, pitfalls I might come across that you've already fallen into before? I've done individual bits of this at various times, but i've never done the whole thing as one big project, and am aware I'm running it damned tight on time here.
Not sure which of the tech forums this falls under, so it's under general.
2x Win Server 2k3 servers DC's, 1 running DNS, other to be used as AV + print server.
60 laptops 50 desktops ish, another 50 netbooks to come, running mostly WinXP.
Rolling out Office 2010 to staff laptops this year, Open office to all student workstations, with Office 2010 to student workstations next year.
New Student GPO's
New Teacher GPO's
Rebuild shares/drives in a sensible manner
Packages for software (have WinstallLE ready to roll) to prepare
Migrate printers/AV/website to a new server and/or drive
Actually push out new installs to workstations.
Have I bitten off more than I can chew on this one? I've got till the 22nd for prep work, but a few other jobs to do between now and then that will mean I cannot concentrate on it, then 10 days from then to do the rest of the works that may be disruptive.
Anything helpful to say would be appreciated here, and I promise to write about any good or bad things I come across in the process of doing this.