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Windows 7 with software installed?

Hi guys,

I do IT for a company of 30 users and 30x machines.  These machines need windows reinstalling from scratch and I seem to be servicing them every 6month.

I wana make my life easy for future installs on these machines.

How can I automate a Windows 7 install with Office, adobe flash, adobe acrobate reader, antivirus etc etc?  This would save me allot of time and energy.

Is there a simple way of doing this?  eg, all scripted on a DVD etc? or via a server?

PS.  I'm crap at scripts.
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Sikhumbuzo NtsadaSenior IT TechnicianCommented:
If the machines are the same you can create and image of one drive then roll it out to the machines (Notorn Ghost or Acronis can do this)
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Chris MillardCommented:
Or, if they are on a domain, you can use group policies to push out the software using the .msi files
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Ernie BeekExpertCommented:
You can use something like ghost or similar
http://www.symantec.com/business/ghost-solution-suite
http://www.acronis.com/
http://www.bauer-power.net/2010/03/free-alternative-to-symantec-ghostcast.html

You build one PC just as you like it (with all the apps) and create an image. That image can then be distributed to any other pc (do some reading about sysprep first).
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antony_kibble<!-8D58D5C365651885FB5A77A120C8C8C6-->Commented:
You could do worse than look into fog

http://www.fogproject.org/?q=node/1

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IekosAuthor Commented:
Image would be nice but none of the machines are the same

I need an automated process to install Windows with apps.
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Chris MillardCommented:
ANother solution we use for some of our clients, it to reparition the hard drive into 2. Install Windows, all applications etc, run all Windows updates.

Then we use ghost and create an image from the partition. We keep that image on the 2nd partition and hide the partition from the end users.

That way, if needed, we can re-ghost the main partition from the image (I hope that makes sense?)
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Chris MillardCommented:
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Ernie BeekExpertCommented:
Eh, bare metal restore (universal restore): http://www.acronis.com/backup-recovery/workstation/#universal-restore
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Chris MillardCommented:
Here's another possible candidate... http://www.almeza.com/
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Sikhumbuzo NtsadaSenior IT TechnicianCommented:
Take a lookt at a nLite, it's nice tool, it will help you create an image and you can insert your drivers in there as well, I am not sure about the applications. I see this as a start, you can then have an network installation of all the applications.
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IekosAuthor Commented:
@ erniebeek:

ahaha..  Ofcourse..  daaaaaaaaaaaaa  :)

I'm so silly.  Thank you.  I'm gona try it now with another baremetal app we use :)  Shall post back.
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Ernie BeekExpertCommented:
:)

Good luck! Let us know.
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IekosAuthor Commented:
UPDATE:

Universal Restore is the answer.  Allowing and image to be pasted on different hardware.

Thanks for your input.
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Ernie BeekExpertCommented:
You're welcome, thx for the points :)
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