I am building an image on a HP desktop Elite 8000.
By image I mean: Install windows 7, updates, MS Office, business applications, useful add-ons like adobe, cute pdf etc...
Once complete I was planning on creating a backup image using Shadow Protect IT edition then start duplicating other desktop computers (same hardware) by restoring my image (one at a time).
Is there a set of steps IT professionals normally use for this type of scenario?
Am I taking the right approach or am I making the job longer than it needs to be?
For example, with the Office Application, I just have the license key (OEM).
Should I just download a copy of the software on the computer I am using to build image but not install just yet, but instead manually install/activate Office on each computer with unique ID?
Can I do without a sysprep process?
Keep in mind I do not have lots of time to practice building an image system which I can roll out to multiple machines at the same time.
I already have a computer loaded with most of the components I need.
Once I have all computers with the same image I will need to add them to the domain with unique computer names.
Please advise if there is simple way to build image without requiring in depth knowledge.