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Can I build a disk image using RIS that includes applications?

We are swapping out all our old PCs with new ones all at once. I need to do application push-outs for the client machines. Can I use RIS (Remote Installation Service), and if so, where would I find out how to do it? I looked up a technical guide to RIS on the Microsoft Web site, but it looks like it is only for the OS install, and our machines are coming with Windows 2000 already installed. I just need to clone all the apps the users will need so I can do all the apps on several machines at once. Thanks.

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I believe that your question is "Can I build a disk image using RIS that includes applications." In other words, you want to use RIS to make a proper, deployable disk image and not just install the OS. The answer is definitely yes. You install the OS using RIS, add your applications to the computer and then capture the image using RIPREP.EXE. Searching Microsoft's Web site for "RIPREP.EXE" returns a lot of information about this. Try the KB article Q304314.

This was first published in November 2002

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