Installing OS from a network drive

Posted on 2012-08-29
Last Modified: 2012-08-29
I've recently started in a school IT dept. Whilst there seems to be many clever things that RM does, it seems to interfere in some; I miss AD a bit!
Whilst it can be quite straight forward to install Windows 7 from a network drive, the problem here is that many different departments need different software on their machines.
So, would you need to create a number of different clones, or is there an easy way to create a master, say, and farm out a different sets of applications subject to the machines destination.
Question by:jasonbournecia
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    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Update 1

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    Marvellous, thanks for that. Some 'Light' reading might be needed.
    Cheers again

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