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    It's that time of year again when I start to think about refreshing and re imaging the desktops.

    I'm just wondering what people include in their base image.

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    Adobe Creative Suite, latest .NET Framework and the various Visual C++ runtimes. Everything else gets installed by SCCM.

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    Moving to O\S Deployment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Adobe Creative Suite, latest .NET Framework and the various Visual C++ runtimes. Everything else gets installed by SCCM.
    C++ runtimes is a good shout. Didn't include this in our original build last year but definitely will be this year.

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    I personally just put the basic OS image (maybe a reference image with updates only installed) and then let group policy do the rest. I know some of my colleagues use reference imaging to deploy an image with the school's software on it (2Simple, Textease etc) and then use group policy to deploy and update plugins like Flash etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Adobe Creative Suite, latest .NET Framework and the various Visual C++ runtimes. Everything else gets installed by SCCM.
    Same here, the base image is empty. We do install Office and software updates and that's it.

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    Some stuff that I include in the base:

    1. 7-Zip
    2. Infra Recorder
    3. VLC Media Player
    4. Cute PDF Writer
    5. Notepad++
    6. Windows Live Movie Maker


    Stuff that is regularly updated like Flash, Java and Chrome should be pushed by SCCM or some other method after imaging. If you do install the Windows Live version of Movie Maker then be sure to clean up after it as a bunch of Win Live services are started and be sure not to install the entire Live package. For VLC it will have a first run dialog you can do away with by placing the appropriate registry keys in the current user hive of the registry inside the default user profile. For Notepad++ I would use the portable version without the auto updater component and drop an icon on the public desktop and all user start menu located in 'C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs'.

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    Some interesting stuff here from Microsoft. Look at what they install:

    Deploy Windows 8.1 with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

    I've just been rebuilding our MDT 2013 server - last time I cobbled it together but I have a bit more time now to make it a lot nicer. I've been following the MS guidelines. Seems to work well.

    GJE

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