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    The perfect base image...

    I am about to build a new image of windows xp plus our load of software to use throughout school (hal independent, automated everything and using WDS if I can learn/make it work quickly enough!).

    What are your...

    ...must install applications/tools?
    ...must config options?
    ...must disable/uninstall components/services?

    And anything else you can think of!

    Thanks muchly, Dave.

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    Re: The perfect base image...

    not quite what you were looking for i know, but its worth looking at Group policy for this sort of thing as it gives you more flexibility moving forwards.

    we use an ou to set all services and install all the relevant software and just assign the relevant policys when needed.

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    Re: The perfect base image...

    Windows XP + Updates - shame XP isn't like Vista
    Adobe Master Collection (where applicable)
    Serif DrawPlus/PagePlus (crap but insisted )

    Everything else is installed via Group Policy


    NB: How do you get XP to be HAL Independant??

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    Re: The perfect base image...

    I've played with GPO for software distribution before and not had much luck hence why I'm going for the complete image.

    I haven't actually tried to create a hal independent image of xp yet but I have read an incredible amount on the internet so far including using WDS to deploy one xp image regardless of hardware. However, some is conflicting advice so I am confused about certain elements!

    I am going to give it a go and intend to write an idiots guide based on info from here and elsewhere. There are a lot of guides but not many that combine all the parts I and I expect others need or want :-(

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    Re: The perfect base image...

    A few things we usually have included in images:

    USB Drive Letter Manager (specifies what letters are assigned to usb drives)
    Media Player Classic (Similar to media player 6, plays most formats while using small memory overheads)
    Web Album Generator (great for staff and students to make picture albums for webpages)

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    Re: The perfect base image...

    Shockwave, Flash player, Java Runtime, Drive Mappings (although some are done via GP), Printer mappings, Windows updates, Anti-virus updated, Full AV Scan, BGInfo at logon, yadda yadda yadda.

    Best thing to do is document what you have/haven't done on the base image, so that in the future you can improve your images.

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    Re: The perfect base image...

    download firefox and browse around the game sites and such so you get all the media players and associated doo dahs.

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    Re: The perfect base image...

    Quote Originally Posted by djones
    I am about to build a new image of windows xp plus our load of software to use throughout school (hal independent, automated everything and using WDS if I can learn/make it work quickly enough!).

    What are your...

    ...must install applications/tools?
    ...must config options?
    ...must disable/uninstall components/services?

    And anything else you can think of!

    Thanks muchly, Dave.
    must have apps and tools;

    XP SP2
    Java Runtime
    Shockwave/flash

    configs;


    add per machine printers using printui commands
    remove domain users from admin group.
    disable system restore. (absolue MUST.)
    disable windows firewall ( both can be done via GPO, but i always do it on the base image aswell).
    disable msg service, does nothing useful but send annoying messages.
    Security issues is reason for disarming msg.

    I hate host based firewalls, can cause all sorts of problems...don't want to be pissing about with exceptions. Network Edge is where firewalls and IPS should be.

    AV can be sent out centrally so don't bother with it on the build.

    GPO printer and application deployment doesn't work for me, so i'd advice app deployment and patch management software such as SMS server.

    Good thread btw.

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    Re: The perfect base image...

    Quote Originally Posted by Lithium
    Windows XP + Updates - shame XP isn't like Vista
    Adobe Master Collection (where applicable)
    Serif DrawPlus/PagePlus (crap but insisted )

    Everything else is installed via Group Policy


    NB: How do you get XP to be HAL Independant??
    Another Pageplus user eh ? Our staff lurvvvve PP.

    We did have an issue with Pageplus 11 whereby some features weren't available to users who weren't members of the local admin group.

    It was the only app that did this , and contravened our security policy.
    Fortunately they fixed this oversight in PP X2.

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    Re: The perfect base image...

    Why deploy the java runtime in the base image when it's easy enough to do it with gpo?

    My base image contains the os as installed.

    Everything else is done with policies.

    Just testing wds on a virtual 2003 server atm going to use that for deployments.

    Ben

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    Re: The perfect base image...

    How about a temp folder on C: that the users CAN read/write. Point any software (CoolEdit / Audition for one) that needs a temp folder to it.

    Bites quite often.

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    Re: The perfect base image...

    Quote Originally Posted by plexer
    Why deploy the java runtime in the base image when it's easy enough to do it with gpo?

    My base image contains the os as installed.

    Everything else is done with policies.

    Just testing wds on a virtual 2003 server atm going to use that for deployments.

    Ben
    As mentioned, software distribution via GPO is very temperamental in our environment. In the absence of SMS, Zenworks et al. I put all the key apps in the base image.

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    Re: The perfect base image...

    How are you deploying the Java? I tried and well failed

    My base image has:

    Codec packs, Foxit PDF Reader, Flash / Shockwave (GPO Deployed), Quicktime, RealPlayer, MS Office, Corel Graphics Suite and Paint Shop Pro, wallpapers, all the latest windows updates to date, and prob some other stuff I forgot.

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    Re: The perfect base image...

    Quote Originally Posted by john
    How are you deploying the Java? I tried and well failed
    In what way did you fail?

    It should just be a case of extracting the MSI from the local temp folder, then transforming the installation.
    http://java.sun.com/javase/6/docs/te...stall-msi.html

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    Re: The perfect base image...

    Quote Originally Posted by torledo
    Quote Originally Posted by Lithium
    Windows XP + Updates - shame XP isn't like Vista
    Adobe Master Collection (where applicable)
    Serif DrawPlus/PagePlus (crap but insisted )

    Everything else is installed via Group Policy


    NB: How do you get XP to be HAL Independant??
    Another Pageplus user eh ? Our staff lurvvvve PP.

    We did have an issue with Pageplus 11 whereby some features weren't available to users who weren't members of the local admin group.

    It was the only app that did this , and contravened our security policy.
    Fortunately they fixed this oversight in PP X2.
    I personally didn't want ANY Serif applications on there. Each one as far as I'm concered has been replaced by at least one application within the Adobe Master Collection.

    But noooooo, apparently I'm wrong - In the end I had to give in due to anemail to the head I know I'm right though, and that's all that matters.


    While on the subject of base images...

    be sure to remove the XP games I made that mistake once...

    We don't use redirected start menu's, so we tidy those up too - removing/hiding the stuff nobody needs to click on... AV, Defender, Messenger etc.

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