Does anyone have experience creating a generic image that can be installed on a bare hard drive using a disk cloning machine?
After the image is applied, take the imaged drive to a remote location, replace a hard drive with the newly imaged drive, have the image install necessary drivers and self configure for the model computer it is installed in, and then later be prepared to join a Windows domain over a VPN connection?
Here are additional details that might be useful in understanding our scenario.
We are in the process of updating the operating system on 1600 computers in 185 offices located over a wide geographical area (throughout all parts of Washington state). 15 of these offices are on a dedicated WAN and have persistent connectivity to our data center. The other 170 offices are in remote locations. All have internet connectivity, but connection methods vary, as does bandwidth speed. The slowest connections are 3 or 4 extremely remote offices that use 256k satellite connections. The fastest use Cable based connectivity (20mb or something similar). The 170 remote offices connect to our data center using a Cisco VPN client.
We want to update these systems from Windows 7 to Windows 10. All systems are Dell, though we have a variety of models in service. The majority are Dell Latitude laptops, with a small number of Dell Venue tablets and an even smaller number of Optiplex desktops. All systems are managed via SCCM over VPN.
We are considering allowing our staff to carry a domain controller with them, have the domain controller connect to the domain via a VPN connection, have the computer join the domain using the domain controller connected to the local LAN. We are looking for more elegant (and less costly) solutions.
Any thoughts or suggestions?