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What's a good product to use to redeploy multiple applications?

We deploy Windows 2000 on 400 desktops in a secondary school. We would like to be able to quickly redeploy all applications if a student corrupts a workstation. We have lots of hardware configurations and are constantly adding new software apps. What product would you suggest? We've looked at Ghost, but every time we'd want to add an app we'd have to change all the images.
Symantec Ghost is a great solution for deploying standardized desktop images, and ideally your core operating system image shouldn't change that much. However, if you do frequently make changes, you may want to look at deploying your applications via Active Directory and Group Policy instead of altering the disk images. For more information, check out Microsoft's Step by Step Guide to Software Installation and Maintenance at: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/howto/instmain.mspx.
This was first published in March 2004

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