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.
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