Deploying Department Specific images
In WDS, if you do not want to deploy altered Vanilla installations without software, i know you can capture .wim images of a reference computer and then deploy them to the other client PC’s so it is a kind of cloning process.
However, here is my scenario, and requirements :
Capture image of a reference PC, which is setup with all the software / settings for a certain department
Be able to boot into that image, in something like Virtual PC / VMWare and edit the image, uninstalling / installing / updating software, drivers etc, to keep the image current, and not require a full re-capture if the department decide they need a new application.
Be able to sysprep the image and then deploy using WDS.
So really, the only feature i requre which i am unsure if a .wim allows me to do is to boot into the captured image as a virtual machine and edit it. if this can be done, great, i am just unsure, i remember something vaugely about capturing VHD's instead.
Does anyone have any guides on how to do this, or any tips, as i can bash my way through it (it was covered in an exam i did a while ago, so i have studied imagex etc), but with me being a WDS virgin (in live enviroments) i would rather take others advice and experience onboard now to save headaches later.
Many Thanks in advance.