Reference Image (is MTD) the right tool for this?
What is the process people are using here to create a reference image with the latest updates, and maybe even office 2016?
MDT is the way to go to create reference images.
1. Use VMware Workstation or Hyper-V.
2. Install Windows, configure it, install office, patch it.
3. Create a snapshot then create a sysprep and capture TS to capture the .wim
4. Deploy the captured wim with SCCM or MDT.
That is the nutshell of it.
My older post is here for details. This will work with Windows 7/8/10.