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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    RIS / Windows Deployment Serviced /w Group Policy software MSI rollout.

    Rebuild is a simple network boot, put computer into group, restart.

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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    Partimage run from SystemRescueCD installed on a small partition on each machine.

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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    Combination of ghost and ris

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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    @dhicks

    That looks interesting - could you give some more details please?

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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    Boot from SystemRescueCD (liveCD type Linux install designed to aid with system maintainance/recovery tasks). Resize Windows NTFS partition to fit in a small (<1GB) EXT2 partition after it. Install SystemRescueCD on that EXT2 partition. Add a startup script to SystemRescueCD on harddrive so that on boot it mounts a server share and re-images the NTFS partition using Partimage (imaging software that comes with SystemRescueCD). Could also use DD, of course (would suggest zeroing unused diskspace beforehand and compressing with gzip).

    Computer becomes a dual-boot Windows/Linus machine with GRUB used as the bootloader. You can hide this fact by setting the GRUB timeout value to 0 and defaulting to Windows boot. Then, when you want to boot into Linux to reimage the machine, re-write the grub.conf file on the EXT2 partition (you'll need to have an EXT2 driver installed in Windows - I use a older version of EXT2FSD that works via the command line so no GUI appears on screen) and restart. I've set up a Windows image for our new Dell machines that has a local "reimage" user - on boot, a script mounts the EXT2 partition, rewrites grub.conf and then reboots. The machine boots into SystemRescueCD, runs the reimaging script when it boots, then re-writes grub.conf again so that Windows boots after another restart. The image is set to auto-login as another local user that runs a renaming / software install script when Windows firsts loads.

    It's not exactly fast, we need to leave machines for an hour or two to reimage and install software. This could be as much to do with our network being made from 5-port desktop switches chained together and the file server being the cook's ex-home desktop machine, though.

    Reading back through the above, I realise that that seems to whizz past a bit quick and lacks a few details. I'll see about typing things up properly and posting to a FAQ / Wiki / blog someplace.

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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    This could be as much to do with our network being made from 5-port desktop switches chained together and the file server being the cook's ex-home desktop machine, though.
    love it - obviously working in a primary then

    Thanks for info - a bit too complicated for me but very interesting though

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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    We use Ghost 8

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    I'm fooling around with StorageCraft right now, seems pretty good (had some problems with my old Vaio / XP and Acronis).

    Anyone have any experience with it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_ View Post
    If they are unmanaged, buy some decent HP ones
    Don't let AngryTechnician hear you say that link (NSFW)
    Personally, I like HP switches too. Although we've got 2 old ones which periodically loose VLAN tag settings. I think it might have something to do with power cuts/surges?

    We use an ancient version of PowerQuest here, but are now looking for an alternative due to it becoming increasingly hard to find DOS drivers for NICs in new PCs. I saw an very informative webcast of Acronis yesterday. I might have to look into RIS and/or Ghost...
    Last edited by kearton; 13th June 2009 at 01:17 PM.

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    Thought i had already posted on this topic, clearly not.

    anyhow, we use NetRunna and have been for a few years now! just looking at upgrading to their new version now as they have more features available

    James.

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    i use ghost gss - but ive heard some good things about image for windows

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    Don't want to hijack the thread but whats clone zilla / fog like versus RIS or WDS ?

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    Used to use RIS, then WDS but now I use FOG

    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Don't want to hijack the thread but whats clone zilla / fog like versus RIS or WDS ?
    I actually prefer using FOG. Seems quicker and does a lot more. I seem to have spent a lot of time with WDS mucking around with NIC drivers to get the deployment image launched (but of course that course have been my fault) whereas FOG has a lot of NIC drivers built into the kernel and I haven't had an issue yet. Also FOG will image our older machines which are not supported by WDS due to size of RAM.

    You can use FOG to image (also virus scan in a pre boot environment with ClamAV, memtest, securely wipe disk, test disks, recover files, manage printers, WOL and schedule showdown, inventory...and probably some other stuff I can't think of right now.

    Oh and of course you can launch all those functions remotely from the management console - and, if you are feeling nerdy, iPod touches, iPhones and PDAs!

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    We are moving away from Ghost now and starting to use FOG. (FOG :: A Computer Cloning Solution - Home)
    FOG has got to be the best free imaging software around!

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    We're currently using FOG, and finding it great. We are going to try out WDS this summer to compare the two however.

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