I know there are a ton of questions about this topic already, and I've read many, many of them at this point, but they haven't given me exactly the information I'm looking for.
Here's what I want to be able to do (windows 2008 R2 domain):
1. Do automated scheduled images of workstations to central location
2. Do bare metal restore on either identical hardware or not
3. centralized management of image creation and client software deployment
I've used Symantec Ghost, but not extensively, just to deploy images over the network and occasionally pull images, but never to do scheduled daily images. I've also used Acronis, but only on a per machine basis, never any of the enterprise/server level stuff. What experiences do you all have with which software that gives you those options? I've seen Acronis, Paragon, ShadowProtect, and many others mentioned.
Please post about your personal experience (as opposed to just doing a google search for "imaging software" and posting some results). I'd like to know how easy to use the software is that you're suggesting. Thanks a lot for your opinions!