RIPrep vs. CD
The following table gives a comparison between RIPrep images and CD-based images:
|RIPrep Image||CD-based image|
|Can only be deployed to a computer with the same HAL as the source computer.||Can be deployed to ANY computer with a HAL supported by WINXP.|
Contains the OS and applications.
|Contains the OS only. Applications are deployed separately using Group Policy.|
|Created automatically upon installation of RIS Server.|
|Based on a pre-configured client computer and cannot be changed without recreating the image. A separate image required for each installation type.||
Based on default settings of operating system.
|An image file is used to customize the image.||Multiple answer (.SIF) files can be used to customize the same image.|
|Only necessary files and registry keys are copied to the client system.||All files are copied to client hard drive before Setup program is started.|
|Slower and places and additional burden on a network.|