W7 deployment using gimagex
I am about to undertake my first deployment of 25 desktops from XP to W7. Rather than using the full Microsoft deployment software I have an idea and wanted to enquire as to viability. Tried to ask Microsoft but, halted at the, 'Give me your credit card details'.
I have a Volume Licence and was thinking if i built one machine with all the added other 3rd party software my school requires as default, i could take an image (gimagex) of that PC and deploy on all the other ones. (They are all Optiplex 320's).
I could do this prior to joining to domain so i could individually change the computer name and then just join to domain.
This is my first ever attempt at this and i appreciate that there may be better ways of doing this but, i have a week window and this seemed the fastest to achieve. I do not have the time to learn AIK/WDS etc.
Any guidance would be gratefully received.