We are going to be purchasing several windows 7 professional computers soon. Working with other companies in the past, we have always imaged machines for mass deployments. I am thinking in my scenario that even though I have a large number of machines to deploy, imaging might not be the best way to go about doing it.
If I image all of the machines I will have to purchase volume licensing for the machines which means I am essentially paying for a Windows 7 license twice. Since all of my software installed automatically via group policy, I don't think I would be saving any time by imaging the machines. To me it looks like the best way to deploy all of these machines is to set them up as they are shipped, join them to the domain and allow the software to install. Then just modify msconfig so that all the garbage that comes with the computer does not boot.
I would like feedback on whether this is the best way to deploy these or not.