• Hi,

    Can you tell me how to install and use the fog project?
    I don’t want to setup dns servers. I would like to use only ips and/or mac addresses. I would like to see the simplest possible, but full solution to backup a linux or a windows image or what should be set up to be able to do both with the same server?

    Does fog handles dhcp server or should I prepare my config files manually? - example: when I want to only provide the service to some specific mac addresses on my network.

    Does fog handles the whole process from server side or should somebody stay at the client when backing up or when restoring?

    Does fog handles legacy and uefi boot and legacy and uefi partition schemes of windows and linux? does fog support lvm? (most linux install uses it by default)

    Sorry, i started to read the wiki, but I found myself in seconds in the details of ipxe booting, what I don’t really need ( I hope…)


  • Senior Developer

    @Tiagoluz Could you please post an english translation as well.

  • Moderator

    @tiagoluz I agree either Debian or Centos is a good choice for a first time FOG installation. Ubuntu sometimes causes FOG issues.

    But FOG is tested against 9 linux distributions every day to ensure FOG installs using an automated process that Wayne developed.

  • @kabaiz Estou implementando o FOG em minha rede do serviço onde já possui servidores SAMBA com dhcp e servidor dns… algo em torno de 52 servidores espalhados por diversas localidades.
    Fiz a configuração do servidor Mestre do FOG no Debian por se tratar de uma distribuição que tenho mais familiaridade e nesse momento estou implantando os servidores Storage do FOG para testar nessas localidades separadas.
    O servidor Mestre já está me atendendo com 1113 dispositivos e pretendo após fazer o teste com os Nós de armazenamento atender algo em torno de 2600 dispositivos.
    Caso tenha dúvida nessa implantação inicial posso tentar te ajudar.

    [Moderator edit]: English auto translation - I’m implementing FOG in my service network where you already have SAMBA servers with dhcp and dns server … something around 52 servers spread across multiple locations.
    I configured the FOG Master server in Debian because it is a distribution that I am more familiar with and I am currently deploying the FOG Storage servers to test in those separate locales.
    The Master server is already assisting me with 1113 devices and I intend after testing with the Storage Nodes to handle something around 2600 devices.
    If you have any doubts about this initial deployment, I can try to help you.

  • Moderator

    @kabaiz As Wayne has said there are many tutorials on the wiki. It just depends on which operating system you pick as your fog server OS (linux only at this time). For example here is how to install FOG on Centos: https://wiki.fogproject.org/wiki/index.php?title=CentOS_7 Just be aware that there is nothing simple with imaging. There are a lot of parts to imaging and any of them can cause imaging to fail. FOG is a great software for the price, but FOG is only a small part of the entire imaging process.

    FOG has many options depending on your current network environment. You do not need to use FOG as your DNS or DHCP server. Those options are available if you don’t currently have the networking resources. If you do have existing services then don’t enable them during FOG setup.

    You can do unattended imaging, or require a technician at the target computer to start the process. The decision is yours and how much risk you want. Risk in the idea you might accidentally tell FOG to image the wrong computer if you have a completely no touch imaging.

    FOG handles both uefi and bios booting and imaging. FOG does support LVM but it can’t currently resize the LVM partitions like it can do for standard partitions. So if you are imaging linux and want FOG to resize the partitions to the size of the target computer, then create your master linux images using traditional disk partitions and not LVM.

    You can decide if you want the clients to pxe boot into the fog menu each time (which will grant the unatteded imaging option), or require the IT technician to be at the target computer to call up the boot menu to select pxe booting into FOG. That decision is a business workflow that you need to decide.

  • @kabaiz There’s a lot of information on the forums too, so don’t restrict yourself to the Wiki only. Please search your exact questions in the forum’s search box and read through what you find.