What is the general check list for every Windows client (Professional, Business, etc.) and Windows Server installation?
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Because I do a lot of cloning in my work, I have created a checklist that I can give ya. Its more of the same that Tim suggested, but also includes some specifics that are nice to have on a client's computer:
- Windows (with latest SP and updates)
- MS Office (latest available)
- Chrome (optional)
- IE (latest)
- PDF Reader
- Foxit (my personal preference)
- Adobe Reader (not recommended by some Antivirus companies)
- Adobe Flash (This needs to be installed once in each browser)
- Java (latest)
- .Net (latest)
- Direct X (latest for your operating system)
- CutePDF (print directly to pdf instead of printer)
Organization Specific Software
- <Your own list here>
- Latest Window Media Player
In what environment? Production server? Home use? The "checklist" for a given setup will vary pretty widely depending on what you want to do.
In general, though, you should:
- Secure the installation as soon as you can
- Get all security patches
- Install reasonable antivirus/firewall software
- Get drivers installed for the hardware in the system
- Get network access working, if applicable
- Focus on other specific needs for the system (for servers, network services and (optionally) routing; for home use, whatever the user requires it to do)
- Most systems: Java, Flash (with appropriate security restrictions)
- For home use: Firefox/Opera/Chrome, MS Office/OpenOffice
- For servers / production systems: routing (if it's a router), SSH/VPN/HTTP/FTP servers