Hi again all,
I am not starting this thread as a debate, more as a "Benefits of" discussion. We are med size enterprise, roughly 2500 nodes +, and many satellite offices. Our bandwidth is limited to a t-1 so everything is stored locally in the DFS. That kills the ability to store even a single image for use with provisioning due to update and distribution issues. I turned to Windows AD GP and full scripted installations of WinXP SP3 using LDMS 8.8 a couple of years ago. Drivers for HW were the biggest challenge but after putting in about 3 months of work I could install in place, 3 desktop and 4 laptop models dynamically. The time to install varied depending on the speed of the machine and HD. The average time to complete for the desktop was around 2 hours, with laptops 3 due to the extra software needed. I know you all are thinking, I can have a machine imaged in 30 minutes. I have always had issues with the time it takes to build, update all of the software, the security patches, and the various extra work to maintain them. My maintenance time has now dropped to, on a bad MS patch Tuesday, 20 minutes. I can react to a new model in one day, roughly. I can add base working software in minutes and any of the aforementioned can be available to the local subnet in as little as an hour.
I posted an unattended file earlier on the community to show that this is possible and efficient. I take criticism, as long as it is reasonable, as a lesson. I am by no means a master at this or LANDesk provisioning. I can post the full set of templates but it will take a while to clean them.
My question, am I wrong in my assumptions?