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    Ghosting 30 Laptops

    I was just wondering if anyone could suggest a better way to ghost our school laptops as currently we have to wheel the laptop trolley into the server room and plug in 30 network cables into the switch and then into each laptop and kick them off to norton ghost individually.

    We intend to switch to fog in the future and from playing around with that understand it could make it a little easier but until then i was just hoping someone could suggest a better way they currently go about this as its a pain in the arse and have to do a trolley before school starts next week.

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    We do it the same way....

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    Well you can't really get away from plugging them in, but once you have you could use WOL to boot the laptops and then PXE Boot for them to pull the image down.

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    Yeah when we move to FOG i had plans of WOG and they'll pull the image down all on their own but was just hoping until then someone could suggest something obvious i may of overlooked to make it easier. guess not, oh well!

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    Pretty much what i did at my last school which was RM and what im doing here using PXE to pull it down...

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    usually i just plug em in boot them normally and rebuild them from the ghost console only have to go to one if its being odd (latest version of ghost seems to be a bit crap at configuring them)

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    buy a 16 or 24 port gigabit switch - connect the gigabit switch to a gigabit port of some description and then connect as many computers to the remaining ports and away you go.

    Think linksys do a gigabit 16 port switch for about 100 or 150

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    We use an old laptop with ghost on it and a 48 port switch.

    Allows us to ghost stuff anywhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve View Post
    We use an old laptop with ghost on it and a 48 port switch.

    Allows us to ghost stuff anywhere
    That's the sort of path my mind was thinking of but my fingers weren't co ordinated 100% with my brain lol

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    We use the IT suite opposite our office, put the laptops on top of each computer, use the network ports and you're sorted. Of course power supplies might be an issue...

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    Quote Originally Posted by farquea View Post
    I was just wondering if anyone could suggest a better way to ghost our school laptops as currently we have to wheel the laptop trolley into the server room and plug in 30 network cables into the switch and then into each laptop and kick them off to norton ghost individually.

    We intend to switch to fog in the future and from playing around with that understand it could make it a little easier but until then i was just hoping someone could suggest a better way they currently go about this as its a pain in the arse and have to do a trolley before school starts next week.
    Justy get a large USB drive and copy the image onto that and boot from CD, quick and simple



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