I am in the process of creating a new standardized windows desktop image for small law firm. The basic IT requirements are as follows:
4 Lenovo machines with different hardware
45 Users of these desktops
Each machine gets Office 2003, CD Burning Utilities, UltraVNC, some freeware, etc.
Each machine gets legal software (Summation, Legal Solutions Plus, California Jury Instuction Selector and others)
Each machine gets access to each office printer and driver, etc.
Each user's profile is stored on the Windows 2003 Server and we are going to deploy XP SP3.
I'm looking for simple inexpensive recommendations on software that will allow me to create one image for all four systems (I know about Sysprep and I have an old version of Symantec Ghost). I would like to deploy images via external HD and over the network booting from a CD or floppy (and ideally the software will create these CDs and floppies). What do you recommend for that?
Also, monthly and quarterly updates are released for the legal software. Sometimes they are updates and sometimes they are completely new installs. Some are MSI some are not. All machines will need to get these updates. I would like to completely automate this process so I do not have to go to any of the machines or VNC in.
What do you recommend for this? If possible, I would like to control XP and Office updates this way, too.