I'm a total newbie around here so let me start by saying you guys have an awesome forum. Tons of great information here. I'm just posting this thread because I'm looking for some specific Windows deployment advice from people (like you) who are way smarter than me. Let me give you some background on my issue:
I was one of the first hires in a brand new IT department that was formed by my present employer 4 years ago. Basically they had experienced some phenomenal growth through acquisitions and brought my team in to clean up several messes that resulted from growing really big, really quick. Since then we've engaged in and had great success in a number of high-profile "clean-up" projects which has gained my group full support from upper management. Last year my company sent me to Tech-Ed on an "information gathering" assignment to help us better leverage some of the Microsoft products we purchase. One item in particular we were hoping to get a handle on was anything that would allow us to take a more automated approach to OS deployment. Needless to say I was pretty exited when I attended a session on Windows PE and ImageX because that looked like the exact sort of thing we were looking for.
I got back all supercharged to roll this out and it turned out to be more difficult than I anticipated. Specifically I was having a real hard time finding documentation and online "How To's" to help me get this set up quickly. Thank God that I sumbled across this place and found IcemaND's *wonderful* guide to using ImageX:
IcemaND, you are a lifesaver. Anyway I was able to use his guide to set up disk imaging with Windows PE and ImageX at our company for the first time. Now using that as a foundation we want to take it to the next level. Our goal is to create a single "model independent" image that has all the necessary drivers and company apps rolled in, but I honestly have no idea how to do this. I am told that this can be achieved with ImageX, but I can't seem to find any guides or tutorials on how to do this. Also we are planning to roll out Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager later this year and I understand it has some sort of built-in imaging component as well. What I'm trying to ask is, are there any tutorials out there for making these single "base" images that can be used on any computer model and should I use ImageX to build these or the tools that come bundled with System Center? Anyone have experience with either or both that can advise?
Thanks in advance!