Know what you slipstreamed

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 5 Oct. 2005 / Last Updated on 5 Oct. 2005]

Slipstreamed installation points are good for deployment--provided you remember what you slipstreamed into them!

Slipstreamed installation points are good for deployment--provided you remember what you slipstreamed into them! You can slipstream service packs, hotfixes, and other patches into an installation point to make it easier to deploy a fully up-to-date and secure Windows platform. But if you do this often, you may forget exactly what's been slipstreamed into each installation point.

Here's a tip to help you out: once you've created the slipstreamed installation point, run Setup to install Windows on a box on your network. Then run MBSA 2.0 on the new machine to inventory what patches have been installed on it, save an HTML report from this, and copy it to the root of your slipstreamed installation point. Voila, instant documentation of what you've done!

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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