Greetings. If you're new to administering OS X, or looking for more current information and resources (beyond Spiceworks), please start here:
(thanks to Kevinmcox for providing that link, Feb 11, 2018)
Also please be advised, that the future of OS X management is not using bulk/monolithic imaging (if any imaging at all), given that the writing has been on the wall for some time that Apple is moving in the direction of MDM with available zero-touch deployment made possible via DEP.
Apple is hardly alone in this, hopefully by now you're using modern Windows management options that include Microsoft's AutoPilot (Apple preceded this by many years with DEP) and Intune (Microsoft's MDM for Windows and more).
Some important clarifications: Apple's Profile Manager has always been a reference implementation (reportedly named as such by more than one Apple employee) and is not a proper modern MDM per se.
Apple's Configurator app provides some options for working locally with iPads and iPhones and Apple desktop and laptop computers for specific types of work that are also not MDM. As an important example, see Revive or restore an Intel-based Mac using Apple Configurator 2 - Apple Support
There is also the matter of DeployStudio/Netbook/Netinstall being obviated (for now & the foreseeable future if not for good) by Secure Boot, please read https://twocanoes.com/secureboot-imac-pro/ for more info about SecureBoot.
As well, many who use MDM also leverage Munki from Greg Neagle (Staff Systems Engineer at Walt Disney Animation Studios) and for Munki recipes, AutoPkg and AutoPkgr which are free in terms of licensing/costs, but you should expect a very steep learning curve if you're new to the command-line (bash, sh, python) and open-source management tools. But these are canon and a well-established part of the management toolkit for a large number of experienced Mac admins.
For other info about free, cheap, or open source management offerings, please see:
For MDM options/offerings, please see
(thanks to Elliot Jordan who contributed that link in Oct 2011)
MDM Profiles: For understanding & creating Profiles or editing them, even without Profile Manager or other means of creating Profiles, please see the following two items (see just below).
I strongly recommend that you view the first (video) from Greg Neagle (of Disney Studios, and creator of Munki) to get some background history on OS X Management, as well as useful insights into managing preferences (i.e.: settings) via Profiles, and creating a Profile from an existing setting (plist) via Tim Suttons mcxToProfile.py
1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTw3U-vxung&; Cue it up to 23:42 to see just the part about creating a Profile from an existing (plist) setting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTw3U-vxung&#t=23m40s
I also recommend reading (re: the future of OS X management - not iOS - being via MDM):
Last but not least, please see the other stickied topic here: