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Loading standard Company apps

By Flashtube105 ·
We are ordering several HP DC5700 desktops and they arrive with Windows XP pro preinstalled. Besides Winxp, we would like to install company specific apps and other utilities as a standard install package. What is the best way to install what we call a standard apps package onto 15 new desktops at once. Thank you.

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Create an image

by Tig2 In reply to Loading standard Company ...

Then image your new hardware.

I have used Ghost most often for this. You can create a Ghost image and store it on your network. Then simply Ghost each new machine.

Your Ghost image should include all the apps that an end user will require.

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Good Advise

by rob mekel In reply to Create an image

TT and if making a special network(segment) for installation, the users won't lack the bandwith on the network whilst installing the new pc's all at once. :)

Rob

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Ghost Enterprise

by Dumphrey In reply to Good Advise

will let you ghost a lot of machines at one time without to much bandwidth hogging, as well as let you give each machine a unique name a security id.

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Aonther way is by packaging the apps as MSI and using GPO to push the apps

by ManiacMan In reply to Loading standard Company ...

down to the PCs' if you have an AD domain in place, but that requires some testing and knowledge of group policy and MSI packaging to do. For your shop, being that it's only 15 machines, I agree with others in that you should use Ghost to create a standard desktop image with your corporate apps installed and use that as a base build for your PCs'.

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