General Advice needed on re-imaging, how often?


  • Hi

    I work in an educational environment where instructors are always requesting changes. My question is for those of you that work in an environment that is constantly changing, how do you handle software additions, or configuration changes, after the fact  having laid down a solid image?

    What do you do if a software addition request is just next to impossible to silently push, how do you avoid re-imaging scenario.

    Friday, August 23, 2013 1:01 PM

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  • This is always a challenge. However, I've come across very few applications that could not be installed silently. See here (look at the InstallShield section)

    You manually run the setup yourself and your responses are saved to a setup.iss file. This file can then be used in silent installations (setup.exe /s)

    Gerry Hampson | Blog: | LinkedIn: Gerry Hampson | Twitter: @gerryhampson

    Friday, August 23, 2013 1:16 PM
  • I concur in spirit with Gerry.

    For apps you cannot make silent, re-packaging is very useful (punching the developer in the head is often good for stress relief also -- they deserve it usually). App-V is also an excellent choice as it makes sure that your image is clean even with deployed apps -- App-V is a re-packaging effort also.

    Jason |

    Friday, August 23, 2013 2:26 PM
  • Can you explain more in general terms what you mean by App-v in conjunction with SCCM? Do you mean Virtualizing apps and streaming the app to the stations?

    Also when you say re-packaging do you mean making a snapshot with a third party app like advanced installer?

    Friday, August 23, 2013 2:32 PM
  • Most people are using AdminStudio but it's very expensive however it by far has the most features. It will even create the App-V packages for you.

    John Marcum |

    Friday, August 23, 2013 2:57 PM
  • App-V integrates directly with ConfigMgr 2012 -- specifically, ConfigMgr knows how to deploy App-V sequenced apps to clients (which must have the App-V client agent installed also). It can do this using streaming from a DP although generally folks don't use streaming in conjunction with ConfigMgr (although technically it does still stream behind the scenes, it just streams from the local ConfigMgr cache instead of a DP).

    Yes to the re-packaging. John mentioned the market leader though. There are other ways besides snapshotting of re-packaging; however, snapshotting usually gives the best results. It takes a little know-how and experience and can be done successfully.

    Jason |

    Friday, August 23, 2013 3:04 PM