I would suggest if you haven’t seen the software to take a look at Altiris Deployment Solution (owned by Symantec). If you do avoid the v7 as it’s based in a browser and slows down workflow. Take a look at v6.9 (latest I believe is SP5 MR1).
By taking a look at this software it could spark of a whole field of ideas for this project. In my opinion, that is the software to beat. Imaging, PXE, backup, Script running, Installation, batch script management, VMWare CC control, remote desktop etc. It needs to be seen, and I guarantee you it WILL inspire you!
You can get a demo version on Symantec’s website, and you can get a free version if you own (any??) HP thin clients.
Good luck on this! Please build a GUI with it and I’ll happily Aplha/Beta it for you… If you want a GUI built I can help, but I am not a coder so it’ll be hollow. lol
Mass-deploy hardware-independent images of a reference system to new and existing systems using Symantec Ghost technology
Migrate to the latest Windows version using including moving user data, personality settings and OS and application settings to the new operating system
Configure each system based on standardized criteria, such as job function, user type, or location
Supports deployment of heterogeneous client and server operating systems, including Windows, Linux, and Solaris
Supports heterogeneous OS deployment, including Windows and Linux, on client and server machines
Easily create jobs and tasks that automate deployment and migration functions including imaging, scripted OS installations, configurations, and software deployments
Supports industry standards hardware management capabilities such as Intel® vPro, PXE, and Wake on LAN™ technologies.
Role-and-scope-based security secures management features from unauthorized personnel
Supports WinPE and Linux pre-boot environments
Integrated with many Symantec products already built on the Symantec Management Platform, including Altiris products, security, backup and recovery, virtualization, data loss prevention, vulnerability assessment, and more