We are swapping out all our old PCs and buying many machines at one time to replace them. I need to be able to do push-outs of all the software the users will need to have prior to distributing the machines to them. What is the best way to do this? I've heard of RIS from Microsoft, but when I looked up the technical guide for RIS it looks like it only works for the OS install -- our new PCs already come with Win2000 installed. Can I use RIS for cloning applications as well, or will I need to use something else? Thanks.
You can use RIS to create images of systems that have software pre-installed and pre-configured. You only need to ensure that all of the destination systems have similar hardware.
There are a few great articles to get you started in the right direction: