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Roll Out New Clients with FOG's Advanced Disk Imaging

Feb 14, 2012, 16:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rares Aioanei)

[ Thanks to Lee Schlesinger for this link. ]

"FOG is network-based, which means you don?t need to visit each workstation with bootable media. Clients boot via Intel?s Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE) and you do most of the work from the server software?s control panel. The software setup includes a server based on CentOS 6.2 and a Windows 7 client that you use to create an image. The server needs enough disk space to hold the images you plan to deploy, along with a Gigabit Ethernet card/switch combo and plenty of RAM and processor power. Most, if not all, of FOG?s functions will also work on a server running CentOS 5.x, but I tested FOG 0.32 on CentOS 6.2.

"Because FOG works by booting its clients over the network, it offers TFTP, DHCP, and HTTP services. The nice part is you don?t have to do anything to configure them, as FOG offers a server installation script that downloads, installs, and sets up the server packages you need."

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