When I was in the field, we were just getting this stood up. We had used Ghost before hand. This was pretty much the greatest thing since sliced bread (not sure if that's just an American saying). We could basically walk through a lab, boot up, hit F12, pick an image, and walk away. Come back whenever and the computers would have reimaged themselves and would be sitting on the login screen ready to go. Very handy.
I'm more on the server side these days, so I still deal with SCCM, but mostly just the maintenance of the boxes it's housed on.
Oh no we have sliced bread here as well :D
Ahh so a pretty light image - I'm just intrested as to how other schools get on with time to install loads of programs (I remember being at a RM school and it took agggess).
Yeah, our images are pretty base, and they include huge driver repositories so we can support the hundreds of different models we have. I'm actually quite impressed with the work the guys have done with it. When we first started, we had an image for most of our major models, still better than Ghost, but nowhere near as streamlined as they've gotten it today.
It's super fast. It's also super efficient. It may take 30 minutes, but it takes them all of 1 minute to get it started, so you can start entire buildings and walk away.
About 30-45 minutes here with 100Mb rather than Gigabit connections. SCCM does it all for you and if the client is already on the machine no manual intervention required just advertise from the time you want deployment to begin and enjoy :D
I'm a Fog person - we have around 30Gb image which has all the software installed and drivers for all our models (or variants of stone desktops). Takes about 40 mins to fog a machines and it can be done remotely without even going to the machine
2.99GB later the video (MDT and App-V) is ready to upload :)
I'm afraid I might be here all night if I do it on my home connection so will upload tomorrow at work.
Seems SCCM 2012 might offer a different solution.
Can anyone confirm or deny this for us?
We have used App-V for some apps for a while, we are now getting round to getting most of them packaged so about 90% of our apps will be APP-V apps. It's quite simple to do and it's even meant I can do away with redirected start menus!
App-V - can you tell me more about this? Maybe a PM with how it effects your school and workload? What license do you need? We have ESS with Microsoft but does that cover App-V?
We are moving to HyperV in the next six months so this seems like the next thing after that,
MDT and App-V demo video is online now - Using MDT and App-V to get PCs to users fast! | my world of IT
There is a short intro about the whole process but if you skip ahead to about 4:15 the hands on demo is there.
I didn't know Impero could do this, or are you remoting in to each computer to install?
We are using WDS. Our base image is "clean" and we have deployed almost all software via Group Policy or start up scripts. There are a few bits of software we have had to install by hand at the station but we are working on mopping these up also.