Step 3.  Here come the apps!

Much like the Operating System area, in the Application area we want to create a logical folder structure.  These are applications we may want to cook into our reference image.

In the end, mine looks something like this (I’m building out a new MDT 2012 site here at home, so these are apps I install on my home machines).

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But these are just folders!  Where are the APPS?!!?1111!bbqlazers!

Ehm, Ok, here they are, we’ll start with Office 2010:

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Right click the folder and select New Application.

Select the default radio button:

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Fill in the fields in the next screen:

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and hit next.  For Office, mount the ISO of Office 2010 and point it to the architecture you want to install.  I’m picking x86.  For other applications, pointing to the directory with Setup or the root of the CD should work mostly.

Hit Next and note the directory its creating, make sure it makes sense.

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Then hit next.  On the next screen, the command line is where you’re going to want to put in the silent and whatnot install switches. Office though, MDT will do for us, so I’m going to be lazy and just put in setup.exe.

For other apps, you can contact the vendor to get the silent switches, or use the awesome website www.appdeploy.com.

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Next will show you the summary of what you’ve picked.  Then next and it will copy from the DVD.

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Office and MDT are pretty integrated.  So you can go to the properties of it and there is an extra tab from all the other applications.  This will let you do your office customizations and whatnot.

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So after yours is done, wack apply.

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After hitting apply, then doing the drop down at the top to None and Apply, and then ProPlusr and apply, Details should look like this:

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See, the switches are now in place.  We have an application.  Now import the rest of your applications (with silent switches if possible) and continue to the next blog post.