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Hi, i was wondering if the following would be possible and how to achieve it:
We are going to have 5 new workstations next week. They are all OEM and that’s fine.
We will finish the OEM Windows 7 installation and add them to our domain.
Would it be possible to pull an image of every workstation, and then make that image available to workstations when they PXE Boot to Fog ?
Let’s say i wanted to revert a machine to the original image. It would be very easy to tell the user to just boot into the fog menu, choose the image of his own machine and wait a few minutes. That way, no admin action would be required.
Is that even possible ?
I wrote up a how-to on installing the bypass, it can be found here: http://www.fogproject.org/wiki/index.php/Installing_the_FOG_Bypass_Host_Registration Let me know if you run into any problems!
sure, give me a bit and i’ll get something posted in the wiki.
Do you have a “how to” for using bypass host registration? I looked at the wiki at http://www.fogproject.org/wiki/index.php/Bypass_Host_Registration but am not sure what to do with noreg.gz or bypass.gz.
I work for a college. There is a good chance that, due to hardware refresh, we may be getting in several (190) new computers this summer and I would like to be able to push a default image to them without host registration and am interested in your process.
Thanks in advance!
It works using the Bypass Host Registration. We currently use that for 5 different images at my place of employment. It makes imaging a breeze, and very quick. We have our images password protected though, so only “authorized” users can image machines.
Hi Joe, i found this link, did not try yet but it looks like it could do the trick.
This is also something I am looking for…
Here is what I need to achieve…
We have quite a few machines in our lab and we need the ability to install a variety of OS’s on each machine.
For example… I have a DL380 G7 that might have Windows 2008 on it for one project, and then, we need to install 2008 R2 for another project. Then, it will need to be re-imaged back to 2008 or 2003, or Linux.
This needs to be done via the boot menu so anyone managing projects can choose what OS they need.
Is there a way to do this with Fog?
We have also been looking into Altiris RDP, but that software is quite complicated and requires training to use.
Thanx moss, i allready thought so but was not sure. Guess i have to find another way to achieve that. Maybe someone else allready has found a way to do something like that.
I don’t know how to achieve what you’re asking, Capone can be used to image a machine which hasn’t registered or has no default image assigned to it but I don’t think its flexible enough to do what you’re wanting.
Hi, and thanx for your answer. Since i am very new to fog, i am not sure that those options would do what i want. I believe quick image could be an option, the problem is, what if i need to swap that machine with a spare ?
The machines have identical hardware. So if a machine crashes or is infected, i want to be able to tell the user to disconnect it, swap it and load his own image.
I am not sure quick image would do that since swap machines have no default image ?
Thanx for the capone idea. Did not know it and just read a bit, but the same question goes for capone. What to do with a machine that has no default image ?
Unless I’m misunderstanding you, wouldn’t quick image or possibly even Capone do what you want?