About a year ago we implemented WDS and MDT. Using this we have been successfully deploying Windows 7 x86 and x64 on every PC and laptop we have. We put the OS on, then add on Office, Adobe, Antivirus, etc. Also, I have it set to do Windows Updates from our WSUS server. The question I have is, is there anyway to speed the process up or slipstream in some of the updates? It seems that it takes about as long to do the Post Installation Windows Updates as it does the OS and all of the application installs combined. The only thing I can think of is to make a new OS capture with Windows 7 w/SP1 so it doesn't have to install SP1 via the update task. Is there any other way that I might speed this process up? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
You should do a Sysprep & Capture task on your golden master computer (i.e.: a clean computer that has all your software and updates installed, but is not part of the domain, etc.). That will avoid the installation process for all programs and updates.
This link goes over the process for injecting updates into WIM files.
Works really well.