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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir View Post
    The last lot of Dells here have 7 ENT but I'm not 100% on the benefits
    You will want the Enterprise edition for Bitlocker (assuming you have laptops that need encrypting?).

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    Should I be just building on the win7 os that the build pc comes with then and changing the activation key or installing my downloaded MS VLSC image and building from there and hence then checking all the drivers are up to date and the correct ones from the dell website etc?
    Create your reference image in a VM (using an ISO from VLSC). Never use a physical PC.

    http://trekker.net/archives/create-a-mostly-automated-reference-image-in-mdt-part-1

    The following video is worth watching too. Even though it's for Windows 8, the same principals apply.

    http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Tech.../2013/WCA-B305
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    One time I installed real player, getting on for 10 years ago now, and it asked what email notifications you wanted to be signed up for. The top were all unticked, the ones you had to *scroll* down to see were all ticked. Never put it on a machine ever again.

    Plus the license didn't allow distribution/imaging, these days I'd probably leave Java off too...

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    In addition to previous postings. VNC preinstalled, any local admin accounts you will need, any browser settings. Add in your network (shared or ip) printers, you can remove ones not needed by the user later.

    I also additionally do the following on all my images.
    1. Create a folder named "Software" on the root of C. (c:\software). I have my users "trained" to look there for some specific items. I can just copy to that location over the network (copy c:\tostaff\*.* \\remotepc\c$\software)
    2. I have a global security group in AD that I have setup with local admin access on client machines. If any use needs local admin rights, I can just add them to the security group as needed.

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    I have preinstalled on a standard staff/student PC:

    VLC (pain to deploy otherwise)
    Office

    Everything else I deploy via GPO as they require regular updating, or are machine dependant (eg. SMART, Promethean).
    SIMS, and most other subject software I virtualise and deliver via APP-V.

    Other than removing some 'Windows Features' (Media Player, XPS etc), I make no alterations to the image at all. All my customisations are delivered through GPO/GPP and a tiny sprinkling of powershell.

    Its more managable, cleaner and easier to make changes. The images are also much smaller so are quicker to deploy.

    I have an IT room image which is much more bogged down with various software, but that is ok. Would really recommend against taking an 'all in one image approach'. If they don't need it, then dont give it to them.

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    I only use the dell drivers for the things that aren't detected by windows.

    I also use the ISO from the VLC and build it from scratch.

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    I'll just add that if you want a quick way to install software onto an image, I highly recommend ninite.com - One quick and easy installer that automatically disables add-ons, toolbars and other spyware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vladker View Post
    I have an IT room image which is much more bogged down with various software, but that is ok. Would really recommend against taking an 'all in one image approach'. If they don't need it, then dont give it to them.
    Have to disagree with this. I put everything on the image that I can (licenses permitting). Trying to work out what teachers need or want is a nightmare. Even if you email them they won't neccessarily reply and then you get those days where they just want a bit of software that is normally in one room working in a different room. With the size of hard disks these days you might as well install what you can so that it is accessible to them and this will reduce the number of urgent support calls.

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    Thanks again all. This is great. I'll prob go for a little bit of a mix as I have some software gpo's already working fine; shockwave, adobe reader etc...

    I'm assuming that if i put out local admins pw on then that will stay for the image but what about the domain, activation of win7 and office?

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    We put everything on the thick image unless it is machine specific or can't go in a thick image. Timed it both ways and it is faster to deploy a thicker image.

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    I'm in the "put everything in" brigade.
    Our school has a site licence for Design Academy 2013 - it gets included. It takes about 3 hours to install the sodding thing individually, versus adding an extra 20-odd minutes to an image deployment time.

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    I'm in the most everything brigade. Except for the Anti-virus which has caused us seven kinds of hell if it is in the image (eset).
    Some things are pushed out - such as reader and chrome but the rest is on the image
    The other thing I do is to set the power options/hibernate/sleep options.

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    I use Ninite for the installation of a lot of software. It's free and easy too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmonks View Post
    I use Ninite for the installation of a lot of software. It's free and easy too.
    The free version is only for home users btw. It is good though.

    http://ninite.com/terms

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