There are several Configuration Manager 2007 packages that you can create to support the building of a reference computer. For more information about creating packages to support the reference computer, see About Creating the Operating System Deployment Packages. Specify a Configuration Manager 2007 package and program to install as part of the task sequence. Click the New button to configure the following options and display the package information in the Software packages window:


Click Browse to select the Configuration Manager 2007 package to use for this task step.

Select the program to run with this task step. The programs associated with the package you selected are displayed in the drop-down list.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Installing Applications and Tools using a Task Sequence

Applications and tools can be installed as part of a deployment task sequence, or they can be installed separately (either manually, by using Configuration Manager 2007 package distribution, or as a custom task step in a deployment task sequence). This table outlines the advantages and disadvantages for each.

Installation method Advantage Disadvantage

Install as part of operating system image

Potentially faster deployment to target computers

No need to install the application separately

Need to create a new image when updates are required

Need to create an image for each distinct set of installation or setup properties

Potentially larger overall image sizes

Not all applications can be part of an image. The applications must be able to be generalized by Sysprep to be part of the image.

Install separately from the image

Fewer images to maintain

Fewer update images to create

Potentially longer deployment and installation times, using separate Configuration Manager 2007 packages.

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