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Best tool for multi-computer configuration

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#1 mberna


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Posted 28 October 2016 - 05:14 PM

I am trying to decide what the best option is for configuring (set up, updates, installs) multiple computers on a network domain. Could someone who has experience with at leat one (ideally a few) of these solutions comment on which one is best? We are running mostly windows 10, a few windows 7 machines, and a server with windows 2012. We will most likely only have one or two configurations that will be cookie-cutter for everyone.

The solutions I am considering are:

  • NTLite
  • Windows ADK with group policy for some updates
  • System Center Configuration Manager

Things I would like to consider: Ease of learning and use, speed of setup, and features/usability. I would like to be able to not only install windows updates, but also third party software. What are you using? Is there anything else better than any of these? I'm looking to get a consensus on the best option, so please leave a comment with any opinions on the matter.

Edited by hamluis, 28 October 2016 - 07:00 PM.
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#2 Sneakycyber


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Posted 29 October 2016 - 03:00 AM

I would think it depends on the software, and what your trying to do. If you want the ability to continually deploy updates , installs, and patches. Then from your list only system center will work. If you are just looking to deploy Windows to multiple machines with a custom image that includes integrated updates and software. You will need at least 1 volume license aagreement. That will give you deployment rights for Windows. Then you can use the adk to create the image, and I would recommend setting up a FOG server (Free Opensource Ghost) to deploy the image using Pxe boot.
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