Originally Posted by RonindeBeatrice
Here we use a multicast program. You install windows on a machine and load it with anything you want. That "image source" is then booted to a floppy or CD, and interfaces with another computer that is running the imaging software. The imaging software copies the entire source harddrive and compresses and stores it as an image.
Later when we want to make 1500 copies of that same harddrive we boot a bunch of computers with the same floppy or CD and use the image cast software to spread it back out to them. Saves ages.
That's what they do at the school I go to. Once they made an image during an updating phase of the AV they were using. When they put it on all of the machines, Macaffee was trying to update itself twice and in the process was using 98% of the CPU on every machine in the computer science building. Oops.