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    25 laptops to do

    instead of manually configuring (installing office, av etc) 25 machines running win7 hp for staff. is there are better way?? FOG, WDS???

    what is quick and easy and we could have it going within an hour

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    I set FOG up yesterday and within an hour I had Ubuntu installed, FOG installed and configured, and a 10gig image uploaded to the server and ready to start deploying.

    Holy wow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    I set FOG up yesterday and within an hour I had Ubuntu installed, FOG installed and configured, and a 10gig image uploaded to the server and ready to start deploying.

    Holy wow!
    can you include office and av in the fog image?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gibbo_ap View Post
    can you include office and av in the fog image?
    Include anything you want I believe. I think it takes/transfers the images at 1's and 0's level so you could fill the machine full of 'XXX' and it wouldn't care. The image I took included Microsoft Security Essentials and a few bits of other 3rd party software (like Flash, Shockwave etc)

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    WDS is good, I push anti virus (sophos) through GPO with a script. Also you need to configure some setting on your switches but I cant remember what it is

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    +1 for fog. I have windows, office, SIMS, and a few other essential bits eg Adobe reader flash etc. Also after deployment it renames itself and joins active directory. I dont even have to get up to image a machine now. I probably wouldn't need to get out of bed (unless there was a network fault).

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    WDS works a treat - easy to setup and configure, just sysprep your PC boot into WDS capture and then deploy out.
    There will be tones of guides out there as to how to setup/use and best of all its built into Windows Server (no Linux servers to worry about).

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    Quote Originally Posted by irsprint84 View Post
    WDS is good, I push anti virus (sophos) through GPO with a script. Also you need to configure some setting on your switches but I cant remember what it is
    Would that be spanning tree?

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    If you have not done WDS before there is no way you will get it up and running in an hour, more like a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsnetman View Post
    If you have not done WDS before there is no way you will get it up and running in an hour, more like a week.
    Lies.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jsnetman View Post
    If you have not done WDS before there is no way you will get it up and running in an hour, more like a week.
    That dosn't sound right to me I'd have a look at the Microsoft article first before dismissing it-
    Step-by-Step Guide for Windows Deployment Services in Windows Server 2003

    One thing that I would watch out for - don't have WSUS and WDS on the same server - it can mess some things up every now and again :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesfed View Post
    (no Linux servers to worry about).
    Ah hah, but some people don't 'worry' about having linux servers

    I understand that WDS does a good job, but I've never used it. Whether I choose WDS though, or FOG, or something else althogether, the hardware still needs to be in place for it to run. Is it receommendable having WDS on a DC, or is it better to have a seperate server to handle imaging?

    I don't have a lot I can throw at imaging at the minute, just a little space on our ESXi server - at least with linux I feel like I would be getting more pull for my potatoes, instead of installing a full Windows OS for one feature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sly888 View Post
    Would that be spanning tree?
    If you're using 2008 server, WDS supports multicast. That might be what needs to be enabled on switches...?

    I've not had to enable anything here, but I'm using 2003 R2 WDS with HP Procurve switches. Just need to specify PXE boot server in DHCP

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    As Stated It's not ideal to have WDS and WSUS on one server, as we're a one server school, Linux and FOG was really our only option. As Hightower says it's easier to install Ubuntu desktop and get FOG installed than it is to install Windows Server (IMO anyways).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    Ah hah, but some people don't 'worry' about having linux servers

    I understand that WDS does a good job, but I've never used it. Whether I choose WDS though, or FOG, or something else althogether, the hardware still needs to be in place for it to run. Is it receommendable having WDS on a DC, or is it better to have a seperate server to handle imaging?

    I don't have a lot I can throw at imaging at the minute, just a little space on our ESXi server - at least with linux I feel like I would be getting more pull for my potatoes, instead of installing a full Windows OS for one feature.
    Oh I worry every time I have another system that dosn't intergrate perfectly with Windows :P

    If you have an existing Windows Server (2003/2008) with enough space to store your images (most of our Windows 7 ones are 10Gb max) and a high enough speed network connection (100mb/s is enough for ~10 concurrent connections) then you are cooking on gas.

    It dosn't matter if its on a DC or not and I've never seen a reason to have it on a dedicated server.

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