Perhaps you know more about this, but a quick look at their site and their 3rd part app integration, it looks like the developers would need access to a Synology system to make this happen. The developers are busy at the moment working on FOG 0.33, and I know that there have been requests to integrate FOG with other tools, such as Spiceworks, but their main focus is on making FOG work well on it’s own. This is an open source project, so feel free to grab a copy of FOG and try your hand at making this into a reality, there might be others on the forums who would be interested in seeing this happen and might be able to help as well. Oh, and if you do decide to go ahead with this we’d love to hear updates on your progress.
We use MSE for anti-virus, and I’ve had nothing but problems when pre-installing it on the image I push out.
If I do pre-install it, when a user logs (student) in, they get a popup box for MSE, something about finishing the install process I believe.
Also, as for “…and will (should) not differ between your hosts”, if a piece of software shouldn’t differ between hosts, isn’t that more of a reason to allow a snap-in to be applied to all hosts like my idea?
Lastly, I like to have anti-virus and other software available via snapin rather than pre-installed for many reasons:
The process of having FOG push the image out to multiple PCs takes less time because the image is smaller than if the snapins were pre-installed. The snapins need to install afterwards, yes, but when imaging 60+ PCs with a 10 PC queue, the most important thing is getting the image deployed on each machine fast so that a spot in the queue opens up for the next machine.
It’s nice to have a piece of software deployable via snapin remotely for well, remote systems you don’t have access to or don’t want to physically go to, or for ease and scheduling. Example: a professor has a different anti-virus on a laptop he brings in, he decides he wants to switch to the anti-virus we use. He uninstalls old anti-virus, I add the snapin to his PC in FOG then deploy it, it installs in the background silently while he works, or his office is locked, or whatever.
[*]What if you decide to change anti-virus (or another piece of software, i.e. Office)? If its preinstalled, then you have to go back to an image backup, uninstall the anti-virus software, install the new software, sysprep it back up, re-upload it, change imageid for all the PCs that were using old software to newly uploaded imageid, re-deploy to all PCs. Whereas if its a snapin, you just create the new snapin, remove the old snapin from all PCs, add the new snapin to all PCs, redeploy.
For these reasons, and others, I support the idea of having hardly any applications pre-installed on my image. I’m open to hearing rebuttals and reasons for the contrary, however.