RIS on Windows Server 2003



We're soon to roll out a few hundred PCs and laptops with Windows XP Pro and
I'm trying to find out the best way to do it.

If I use RIS then I believe that I can roll out the XP operating system and
possibly MS Office as well at the same time.

Can RIS roll out other programs and apps as well (such as WinZip, Acrobat
Reader and other apps that may be in our standard build) or is it basically
just the O/S and MS Office?

We've used ghosting before which has worked quite well as we can build one
machine with everything installed and configured how it should be then put
the ghost image on all other machines of the same type.

Are there any advantages to using RIS over ghosting? or vice versa?

How do other people go about rolling out a desktop installation to a few
hundred machines?

Any advice greatly appreciated. Thanks.





RIS can't directly roll out applications, but you can add
the source files to your desktop build (or on a share)
and use scripts to execute them.



Brendon Rogers

RIS can do applications - if you build a model machine then run RIPREP.

Our method for rolling out hundreds of machines is as follows:
CMDLINES.TXT in the RIS process to install some simple applications (WinRAR,
Then Group Policy and MSI packages to install MS Office, IE6SP1, Acrobat
Reader etc etc
SUS to install all Windows updates.

We used to use Ghost but found the static Ghost images too limiting. With
RIS we can easily update the images on the RIS server and can quickly and
easily deal with new computer models, drivers etc.

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