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    Imaging Software - what do you use?

    Hi there,

    I am looking for some imaging software to create images of teacher and student laptops. Years ago (1997 ....) I used to use commandline Ghost and it worked a treat.

    What are other people using for this job nowadays and how much is it likely to cost me? (or is there a free alternative?!).

    Thanks!

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    Moving to O/S Deployment forum.

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    For simplicity: Windows Deployment services built into server 2008R2 or 2012.

    For a more complex but feature filled setup: System center configuration manager 2012

    Quite a few people here use FOG but personally i prefer WDS. Back in the days of server 2003 + XP we used to use ghost, didn't sysprep pcs and installed ran newsid as part of our initial setup........boy am i glad those days are far behind us

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    There are loads of free Linux based disk cloning tools like Clonezilla etc.. See below
    http://www.cyberciti.biz/open-source...ging-software/


    We still use Ghost even with sata disks and windows 7 OS's. no issues at all, we never sysprep, don't see the point.

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    Fog is pretty good - google Fog Project

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    Currently using WDS but we expect to be moving to SCCM over the Summer.

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    If you need more than WDS and don't want to fork out for System Centre Config Manager the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is pretty darn good.

    You feed it your pre sysprepped image and it then carrys out a 'Task Sequence' which adds the required drivers for the PC you are imaging (no need to look after separate images for different hardware) and can also install applications once the PC is imaged which helps with the AV products out there which don't like sysprep.

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    Been using clonezilla for years, I create a flat w7 image on the smallest hard drive I can fund then away I go, 90% of time it gets all its drivers. I did get it so its a bootable usb too which is cool. 6 mins.

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    FOG is very good, free and open source.

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    Thanks for your postings!

    Luckily, all my hardware is standard, so I have 30 netbooks all identical, 15 teacher laptops all identical - so once I have set one up I can clone to the others. Once the initial deployment is done, I hope to just keep the two images stored safely somewhere for a rainy day when someone has a disaster!

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    I use wds with a setupcomplete.cmd script to install office, antivirus and run the Windows Self Assessment which is working well.

    Planing to move to SCCM eventually though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rednight View Post
    Thanks for your postings!

    Luckily, all my hardware is standard, so I have 30 netbooks all identical, 15 teacher laptops all identical - so once I have set one up I can clone to the others. Once the initial deployment is done, I hope to just keep the two images stored safely somewhere for a rainy day when someone has a disaster!
    Just a word of warning, if you want to use FOG, turn OFF UEFI and Secure Boot (if you have it), FOG does not work 100% properly with UEFI on.

    FOG also allows you to set datastores like ESXi etc

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    Ive recently switched from ghost to Redo ..... Its fab and free

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    We use MDT for deployment to the majority of our PCs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rednight View Post
    Thanks for your postings!

    Luckily, all my hardware is standard, so I have 30 netbooks all identical, 15 teacher laptops all identical - so once I have set one up I can clone to the others. Once the initial deployment is done, I hope to just keep the two images stored safely somewhere for a rainy day when someone has a disaster!
    We have just moved to using WDS and MDT together for a installing our machines. No more cds or images.

    Although this would seem like over kill for your network with only two types of machines it would really help as images get old and outdated and take time to recreate.

    We used to use active @ however. Good bit of kit.



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