OK so i am kinda new to the whole unattended and slipstreaming thing, however, it would save me 5 hours of work when ever i need to build a new computer. Mainly because the computers that i have been rolling out with XP are so old...but that is another story. Basically what i want to do is, install Windows XP Pro, McAfee 8.0, Microsoft Office 2003, and our VPN software all in one step, or in as few as possible. I already have a Windows XP Pro Unattended and Slipstreamed with the newest hotfixes. But from there i have to install all of the other software by hand. I also am supporting a large variation of computer models, ranging from not so great (Optiplex GX110), to very nice (Optiplex GX620). All of them needing different drivers, including NIC cards, Video and some Multimedia.
I have considered building a computer and taking an image of it using Norton Ghost, but that has never worked out too well because of how specific an XP install is, with the chipset and all that good stuff.
Basically I'm not sure if i need to have a script that runs after the XP install or if i need to have a few other scripts that run different setups. And also where i wud get these scripts, or what ever it is I need, would be very helpful.
So sorry about my inexperience in this area but any help would be greatly appreciated.
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if i was in your shoes i'd be on the lookout for a software distribution solution that supports unattended setup of the OS, as this deals better with a large diversity of hardware than imaging. These solutions also support the automatic distribution of application software, user related settings, patches, PnP drivers and so on (if they are good enough :) )
Here on appdeploy you are on the right site to get an overview of what products for this are adviseable.

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Answered 11/16/2006 by: Martin.Appel
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BDD is another way to go. It allows you to script installations and use sysprep with different models of computers. Takes a while to setup and go through though.
Answered 11/29/2006 by: Rhys
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