Easiest way I found is to have a virtual machine saved just before sysprep is run, every time you need an updated image (eg new drivers) just load it up, make your changes and sysprep.
Sysprep then snapshot with bartPE.
fast and very easy.
I was looking at WDS but having browsed here a bit FOG looks interesting too.
What are the advantages of each?
I've 4 or 5 images i need i guess, all XP Pro
Fog suggests being installed on a dhcp server and linux.
I have server 2008 for dhcp (and all else), can i use a vurtual ubuntu install to run FOG?
What would the best virtual to use, what are peoples experiences?
Will FOG effect my AD at all?
Also, is it sysprep that sets machine names, can i simply reinstall a client with a working (or not) xp pro os using either quickly and remotely? How does the client naming work, all our PCs have set machine names (pupils then know which to use), is that sysprep? Would that be the case on both WDS and FOG?
I guess i'd like an imaging solution that will let me deploy a custom os quickly to repair any unreliable/faulty clients preferably unattended too.
Another thing, never tried PXE booting, will this have any other effects on the network? Is there anything i need to put in place before turning on? (i don't want all my clients suddenly not booting correctly!)
Cheers, and sorry to be so vague!
I have some mates working on FOG atm FOG - A Free Cloning Solution | Get FOG - A Free Cloning Solution at SourceForge.net
I used altiris here but ghost was wasn't to bad.
If I hear of any problems I'll post some updates on FOG.
Ghost Solution Suite 2.5 here
Ghost Solution Suite 2.5 here but since the upgrade I can no longer auto or manual ghost PC's with a sis900 nic card has caused a big problems since there are 76+ of them
What about clone zilla - saw FOG mentioned but I did skip from the first 2 pages to page 6 so missed out about 3 or 4 pages.
Install the machine to our exact spec, then sysprep the machine and then we use acronis to blitz it across. Might take a while compared to ghost, ris and fog, but this is the prefferred method as we can see what is going on, plus if a HDD gets corrupted in any which way, we can take it out of the machine and put a spare one in without any hassle.
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