If we were to switch... then we'd probably set up a server and a client on its own domain and getting it how you like it before putting them live.
My fella runs a vanilla network and he has a lot more issues than us with stuff like creating packages, allocating software and stuff. If a teacher gives him a disk and wants it for the end of the week he runs round all the computers that they want it on. I click allocate on management console.
If one of his machines goes wrong then he has to find the image and restore it... after sysprep and all that stuff. I just click rebuild or restore!!
If you like the extra work then go for it. At least you'll have some proper experience!