Anyone use PING for imaging?
Well I'm sure some people do, but having looked through a couple of pages of this deployment forum and seeing how many people are having Ghost/WDS/RIS related woes, I couldn't help but think - have you tried PING? I had a quick look but couldn't see any stickies related to it.
In a nutshell it stands for "Partimage Is Not Ghost" (PING), and is the GNU/Linux answer to Ghost, except its free and I find it much more reliable and effective. Just to give a quick overview of how it works, naturally you'd sysprep your image template, and then you can either boot from a PING cd (only a 30MB ISO), or setup a USB boot pen (simple to do and I even made a script that will do it for you - contact me for details), or a TFTPD32 PXE server (dead simple to set up). Then you can image from a partition to file, partition to an ordinary network share if you have an image server etc. In my environment, images are around 3-5GB in size, and all in all it takes about 15 minutes to make an image and about 10 or less to restore one. ;)
Feel free to post any comments you have here, or if you would like to know more, I can provide information about it. I know I may have jumped the gun here as some people already use it but...oh well :p