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    TOTAL Linux beginner setting up FOG

    ...And started to think I shouldn't have bothered tbh. NOTHING has made me feel more stupid in a long time.

    I know absolutely nothing about Linux, but have found this guide and becamse sorely tempted to return to a long-neglected ambition to gain a small grounding in Ubuntu and set this up.

    I've fallen even before the first hurdle in editing the text file after removing the network manager application, exactly as per the guide. In short, I'm not sure what it wants from the following, taken from the guide in my link:


    Enter the following information in the text file:

    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback
    auto eth0
    iface eth0 inet static
    address [your.static.ip]
    netmask [your.net.mask]
    network [your.network]
    broadcast [your.broadcast.addy]
    gateway [your.gateway]

    Here is a example:

    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback
    auto eth0
    iface eth0 inet static
    address 192.168.1.100 (This I have, and have set a reservation in DHCP for the new server.)
    netmask 255.255.255.0 (Yep, I got that)
    network 192.168.1.0 (This one I don't know what it wants, so I'm assuming it's the very start of my IP range. Is that right?)
    broadcast 192.168.1.255 (I used an online calculator and determined this from the IP reservation and the subnet mask. Is this right?)
    gateway 192.168.1.1 (I can about manage this one...)

    Save the file and close it.

    Now we will set a name server (dns) address.

    sudo gedit /etc/resolv.conf

    Add the following line:

    nameserver 192.168.0.1 (Does it want this EXACTLY AS IT APPEARS HERE or does it need an external DNS server? One of MY DNS servers here on the domain? I'm not sure here either...)


    At this point it's probably worth pointing out that we have a few curves and bends in our internet connection. We run two domains, admin and curriculum, one way trust admin down to curriculum. I will only use this server to image curriculum machines. The reservation is set in DHCP on an admin domain controller.

    The internet access here goes through one of our IPCop proxy servers, either the admin or the student proxy determined by GP. The council upstream of us will only accept connections from these proxy servers, so no client IP forwarding.

    Anyone fish anything useful out of that? I'm pretty much lost here and I'd be really thankful for any help. Cheers for reading.

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    I give up.

    I can't make sense of the above. I've tried a similar walkthrough with an older version of Ubuntu and got further, but MySQL won't install as part fo the Fog package. Have tried again with fedora using yet another walkthrough but it absolutely refuses to connect to the internet. Settings are all fine, just not happening.

    Thanks for reading anyway. Feel like I've just wasted my time.

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    I'm willing to bet that I can set ya straight. The FOG guide needs to be rebuilt from the ground up due to it being outdated.

    Please do me a favor and give it one more shot.... but with a few tweaks.

    #1. Download the DESKTOP version of Ubuntu 9.10 not the server

    Another thing to note is that if your network currently allows for mac address reservations you can completely skip this step. =) It's even easier if you are having some other device handle DHCP (windows server or router)

    #2. If you do not have mac address based DHCP reservations that's fine. The desktop version uses a GUI that is much more friendly.

    Install Ubuntu
    Install Updates
    Set a static IP address - YouTube - Installing FOG on Ubuntu 8.10 (it's hard to see / follow this guide, but he does go through manually setting a static IP for the server)
    Install FOG and set the proper gateway / IP / etc. (again this is easier when you have DHCP reservations based off of mac address)

    I'll be happy to help you further if you wish to pick the project up again. You might also be better off downloading the fog VM (0.27) to play around with. I actually wrote the setup and configuration guide for the VM =)

    Let me know if you need more help (and to the community, we are aware that we need new documentation, so please join our wiki and help us out!)

    --ssx--

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    Just checked back - thanks ssx4life!!! You've just become my hero.

    I'm tied up until next week but I'll attack this with renewed vigour from Monday and let you know how I get on!

    VERY very grateful to you.

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    everyone has a different network setup and configuration. I am by no means an expert, but I can at least point you in the right direction.

    For testing purposes please download the Fog VM (0.27). I suggest running it on a system that has at LEAST 4gb of memory (2 for the OS and 2 GB for FOG).

    Check my VM guide here - Installation on VMWare 0.27 - FOGWiki

    Don't forget that on your WINDOWS machine you will be using a bridged connection, so the IP address of your windows box is the same as your fog box. It also helps as stated earlier to have a reservation set prior to running FOG so it can be easily configured.

    VM is a little bit crazier because you have no GUI (if you are new to linux), but the nice thing is that all the needed files are already installed on the image so you don't need to connect to the internet to download any files (especially since you are behind a proxy which is a pain).

    Lemme know how it goes later.

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