Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Basis of a Base Image

Over the years I've observed a quiet trend that doesn't get brought up in many focused discussions.  If at all, it's usually a side topic.  But in any case, I felt like blabbering about what are the most typical items inserted into what many IT folks call a "base image" of Windows used for installing new computers (or re-imaging/reloading existing machines that become corrupted)

Most common items:

  • Microsoft Office
  • .NET Framework (most often: 3.5 SP1)
  • Apple Quicktime Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Oracle/Sun Java Runtime

Less common items

  • 7-zip
  • Cisco VPN client apps
  • FileZilla
  • DivX Player
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • Paint.NET
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