We're looking to deploy a large number of machines to remote sites across the U.S. Each site will have only 1 system (Windows 7). Presently we build our on-site machines using a K2000 and Win 7 scripted installs + post install tasks for software installs and some customization.

What I'm wondering is if anyone has ideas or strategies for building a deployment that includes a hidden partition from which the original 'fresh' install can either be restored or rebuilt from? Some years back at another organization we used Ghost enterprise and for some classrooms we had a 2nd hidden partition with our baseline install and from a remotely called script we could reboot the machine with Ghost and 're-image' the machine locally from that partition and restore it fairly quickly.

I'm looking to achieve something similar with some combination of K2000 deployment and/or Windows or other free tools.

Note: Rebuilding machines locally from a USB-based Win 7 image is not an option in this scenario. Everything has to be local on the device.

Thanks.
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