|CD-based image versus RIPrep image
|The following table compares a CD-based image to an RIPrep image.
| RIPrep image
|A default image is created automatically when the RIS server is configured.
|You must create the image by using the Remote Installation Preparation wizard.
|The image can contain only the operating system. Applications can be deployed separately by using Group Policy.
|The image can contain the operating system and applications.
|The image is based on the default settings of the operating system. An answer file is required to customize the image.
|The image is based on a preconfigured source computer. Making additional changes requires you to deploy the image to a client computer, configure the client computer, and then recreate the image.
|It performs a full over-the-network setup by copying all of the files in the image to a temporary folder on the local hard disk before running the Setup program.
|It copies only the necessary files and registry keys to the client computer, making it the fastest way to deploy an operating system and applications.
|You can deploy it to any computer with a supported hardware abstraction layer (HAL).
|You can deploy it to any computer with the same HAL as the source computer.