I got a nifty new project handed to me at work, investigating VMWare ACE to replace how we deploy pc’s. What VMWare has managed to do with ACE is, making a central repository of pc images that can be customized and distributed out to users on secure media. So your accounts rep can store his entire pc on a USB stick that follows him around and requires his credentials to login authenticated against your local DC (also works outside of AD but I use active directory). The contents can also optionally be encrypted. Additionally, the repository also acts as a management front end. I’ll be documenting my progress with it over the next few days.