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.
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
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
+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).
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).
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.
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
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.
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).
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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