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  • Does anyone have any recommendations on software to install on a hybrid image? I have both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Enterprise images that are thick images. I'd like to get down to as small of an image as I can and then have all other software installed via task sequence. I'm thinking that MS Office would be a good candidate to keep on the image as it is pretty large but really have no idea on what other software would be good to have on the image.
    Thursday, March 10, 2016 1:29 AM

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  • Everyone will have their own opinion on this and ultimately the answer for you is whatever makes sense for you and meets your requirements.

    This is normally what I include:

    - .NET Framework 3.5.2

    - .NET Framework 4.5.3

    - IE 11 (for Win 7)

    - Visual C++ Runtimes: 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015 (x86 and x64 on x64 OSes)

    - Silverlight

    - WMF 4.0 (for Win 7)

    - Current software updates include KB2775511 and the latest WUA


    Jason | http://blog.configmgrftw.com | @jasonsandys


    Thursday, March 10, 2016 2:06 AM

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  • Everyone will have their own opinion on this and ultimately the answer for you is whatever makes sense for you and meets your requirements.

    This is normally what I include:

    - .NET Framework 3.5.2

    - .NET Framework 4.5.3

    - IE 11 (for Win 7)

    - Visual C++ Runtimes: 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015 (x86 and x64 on x64 OSes)

    - Silverlight

    - WMF 4.0 (for Win 7)

    - Current software updates include KB2775511 and the latest WUA


    Jason | http://blog.configmgrftw.com | @jasonsandys


    Thursday, March 10, 2016 2:06 AM
  • Thank you Jason.  Does this mean that you don't install Office on the image but through a task sequence?  If that is the case, could you give me your reasoning behind that?
    Thursday, March 10, 2016 2:59 PM
  • That depends. If every system will get Office, then yes I usually advocate for it to be part of the image because of its size and time it takes to install. But some/many orgs don't deploy this to every user. In those case, we either deploy as part of the TS (increasing the overall deployment time) or we create two images. All are technically valid. Which is best for you is up to you.

    Jason | http://blog.configmgrftw.com | @jasonsandys

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 3:17 PM
  • Thanks.  Appreciate the insight.
    Thursday, March 10, 2016 3:49 PM