Wow I would never imagine that anyone would actually read this after so long.
I can say that since there was such a severe lack of an update/cahange in so long nor any word from the devs either my company and I realized it was time to look for an alternative. We ended up going with the new Windows Deployment Services and Windows Deployment Toolkit.
Let me first say that it is NOT the same HOWEVER… it is such a breath of fresh air that we don’t even care.
You can do 9 above which makes things so awesome. You can essentially create a deployment where you become like an OEM install. You can still perform the same steps to make ‘snap-ins’ for software you want to install that is not msi format.
Essentially instead of needing an “image” of a machine you essentially build the image on the fly. So far our testing shows that it’s about the same time elapsed to do it either way. The reason is that the WDS doesn’t really need an image because you feed it drivers for a machine and part of the boot checks the hardware and matches the drivers up and goes. That in conjunction with the new USMT tool it really makes reimaging a breeze.
Our next step is to use another tool that I cannot remember the name for the life of me to manage updates and software version etc. For the user login stuff we have moved to Spiceworks which tracks that.