We currently use RIS images as our primary deployment method, currently around 6 different images for different categories of machines. We also use GPO to deploy certain software packages.
We're looking into getting rid of this method for hopefully something for more efficient and was wondering whether you guys use or have experience in using a good method.
RIS isn't bad but when it comes to Software updates they can be a pain. Also with different hardware sets means more images. GPOs also only work with .msi packages which can be restricting. I know there are conversions out there but how good are these?
We currently have over 500 machines in sets of 20, so potentially each set requiring different software and having different hardware. Any ideas what would be the best way to manage this?