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O/S Deployment Thread, Useful software to include in image in Technical; for staff images we have the smartboard software, for both staff and students we have stuff like clickview player google ...
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    for staff images we have the smartboard software,

    for both staff and students we have stuff like

    clickview player
    google sketchup
    audacity
    cs5
    ultraVNC
    office

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    We just put big unwheildly stuff in like Office, Encarta and stuff that absoloutly positivly won't install without an hour or so of handholding and hacks like MUSAC's unenviable sespool of DLL and OCX system files. Other than that everything is MSI so that we just install wat we need and we are always only installing the latest copy not installing and waiting for updates to catch it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    I'd leave the web filth out of the image and use their MSI's given that there is an update every other week to correct one or more gapeing holes in each of them. It will save you a bunch of time in the long run.
    Different methodology I guess... I update my images on monthly cycles, and if there is an updated Flash/Java/whatever I just let AD push it out to existing clients. In older versions of Flash and Shockwave it was a pain in the neck to get to the auto update features and customer participation turned off. That's primarily why I built them into the image so I could clean up after the installs. Flash now has a control panel plugin (finally), Java is deploy-able with transform files that I use to keep all the crap turned off, etc.. I'll have to look into stripping those out of the image.

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    Another nothing here.
    When a machine is imaged SCCM puts it on the right collection and all the right software is installed. No need for time consuming image updates.
    Adobe cruft can be kept up to date through SCCM+SCUP, meaning the endless stream of updates are pushed out via WSUS.

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    Thanks for the suggestions! The essential software list looks interesting.

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    Be careful of some anti-virus - we had trouble with creating an image for Win 7 with the anti-virus on there - it wouldnt sysprep. Once the anti-virus was removed we had no more trouble

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Be careful of some anti-virus - we had trouble with creating an image for Win 7 with the anti-virus on there - it wouldnt sysprep. Once the anti-virus was removed we had no more trouble
    Just to tag onto that dont put Sophos on the image as the machines wont talk back to the console. You need to install it after the machines have been imaged.

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    You can have Sophos in an image. Sophos KB covers this:- Sophos Anti-Virus for Windows 2000+: incorporating current versions in a disk image, including for use with cloned virtual machines

    I don't include anything in the image. I let SCCM install it as part of the OSD task. (I do love SCCM!)


    Andy

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