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    Imaging a pc without DHCP

    Hi all,

    Can anyone tell me the best way to image a computer where DHCP is not present?

    (I did install DHCP on the server but this produced a number of problems for other systems and services).

    All I want to do is build a computer and then make an image of it and apply it to a load of other machines.

    Thanks for any advice.

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    just use the mac address?

    Thats what i did with ghost and fog

    Hope this helps

    Lewis

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    It depends what imaging software your using but it's usually possible to cook up a boot disk of some sort.

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    Fog still requires DHCP, does it not?

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    If you want you could load a copy of Windows PE and GimageX onto a USB stick/HDD along with the image and then do it from there - you would naturaly however only be able to do as many PCs as you have sticks/hdds.

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    noo its just faster if you do have DHCP

    We just search the mac address then send the image

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben604 View Post
    Fog still requires DHCP, does it not?
    i think you can pxe boot without using dhcp from a quick google but it takes a lot of tweaking
    Last edited by glennda; 14th June 2011 at 03:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeonieCol View Post
    (I did install DHCP on the server but this produced a number of problems for other systems and services).
    Was that because a DHCP server allready exists in the organisation? if so you can use that yourself you don't need one just reserved for pxe booting.

    Otherwise I don't think you can do pxe without dhcp, you can use a boot disc which then has the ip of your fog server or whatever hard coded into it.

    Ben

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    A really simply and crude way to do this is to use something like a Docking and Cloning Station - USB 2.0 & eSATA Docking & Cloning Station for 2.5" & 3.5" SATA Hard Drives | SATA & eSATA | Drive Enclosures | Hardware & Security | LINDY UK

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    MDT also has the option of booting the PC to the network then specifying an IP manually if required all without DHCP so you are really not limited in the options that you can use its just going to take longer and be more fiddly without DHCP in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    MDT also has the option of booting the PC to the network then specifying an IP manually if required all without DHCP so you are really not limited in the options that you can use its just going to take longer and be more fiddly without DHCP in place.
    If you did require dhcp then you could configure one laptop or computer to be the dhcp server with a server OS to push out the images etc and put the computers you wanted to image on the same switch as said laptop which is seperate from your main network that way you could image and configure them how you wanted away from your main network ?

    A home type netgear or linksys gigabit switch with 10 ports or maybe a 24 port switch you have laying around ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    If you did require dhcp then you could configure one laptop or computer to be the dhcp server with a server OS to push out the images etc and put the computers you wanted to image on the same switch as said laptop which is seperate from your main network that way you could image and configure them how you wanted away from your main network ?

    A home type netgear or linksys gigabit switch with 10 ports or maybe a 24 port switch you have laying around ?
    Could do if you felt like repatching that many computers

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Could do if you felt like repatching that many computers
    I didnt literally mean like that, if you setup the first pc as required, image that and push that out as required

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