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Lesson 7 Create RIPrep image
ObjectiveIdentify key concepts related to RIPrep and set up a source computer.

Create RIPrep Image

RIPrep stands for remote installation preparation. If you want to deploy applications with the operating system, or if you want to deploy the operating system using the fastest method, use Remote Installation Preparation (RIPrep)[1] images. To configure an RIPrep image of Windows 2000 Professional you should understand how to:
  1. Set up a source computer
  2. Modify the default user profile
  3. Create the image by using the Remote Installation Preparation wizard

This and upcoming lessons will cover the three phases of RIPrep configuration.

Setting up Source Computer

A source computer is a computer that contains a base operating system and the components, settings, and applications that represent a standard client configuration. Configure a source computer with the exact configuration that you want deployed on other client computers.
When you designate a source computer, remember that the Remote Installation Preparation wizard can be used only to create an image of the contents of a single partition on a RIS server. Before you create and distribute an image, you need to set up a source computer. The following table describes the process. Click on the thumbnails in the left column to see full-sized images

Source Computer

Source Computer versus Super Computer

Install Windows Professional.

Configure all components and settings that represent a standard client computer configuration. Always verify that any configuration settings you make are appropriate for all users and computers that will install the image.
Install and configure applications. Preinstall applications with an image only if all users need them. Use Group Policy to install applications that are required only by specific individuals.

3) Test the configuration of the operating system and all applications before you create an image.

Test the configuration of the operating system and all applications before you create an image. After the image is copied to the RIS server, you cannot alter the configuration. If you need to make any changes, you must create a new image.

Note: If you are planning to assign applications to computers, you can save time during installation by deploying the applications to the OU of the source computer before you create the image. Then after you restart the source computer and create the image, the applications will already be installed. The next lesson expands on this lesson, demonstrating how to modify a default user profile.
[1]Remote Installation Preparation (RIPrep): An imaging option that allows a network administrator to clone a standard corporate desktop configuration, including customized operating system customizations, desktop customizations, and any special applications that need to be installed locally.