Doubts About FOG Project Client Windows

  • I was looking for a Free solution to Clone (Image) the Network of a Windows Server 2012 R2 and I found the FOG Project. In our case, the Server will be on our network and the Client (Windows Server 2012 R2) on another network, and there is a firewall between them.
    I have 2 doubts:

    • Which ports should we release in the Firewall?
    • If it is necessary to restore the Clone (Image), what is the procedure?

    Thank you and have a great week.

  • @george1421
    Very Thanks!

  • Moderator

    @cstutz I also use Veeam agent in my office to backup physical machines to the Veeam B&R server but I use on local LAN so I don’t know exact ports. But this document does:

    FWIW: The Veeam Agent can be use with the B&R server or with a simple NAS too.

  • @george1421
    As I recall we have Veeam Backup & Replication on a server, which we use for the Backup solution in other ways.

    I will study about, if it serves what we want.
    And see for releases on the Firewall. Do you know about the Firewall Release ports for Veeam?

  • @Sebastian-Roth
    Does Clonezilla have the option to clone (Image) a Windows Server 2012 R2 Remotely (Through Network)? Is that it needed a Backup solution that would make Windows Server 2012 R2 remotely. Thank you.

  • Moderator

    @cstutz What I would recommend is not FOG, but instead Veeam Endpoint Backup (free). It may be called Veeam Agent now. But that will let you setup a backup schedule to a remote server or nas. It will maintain a defined set of snapshots in your local repository. It will not need any connections back to HQ and will run completely at the remote site (you will need backup storage at the remote location). I use this at my home to backup my computers to a local synology NAS. Only the Veeam backup program know the user login to the NAS so any crypto software can’t encrypt on the NAS.

    If you want to still use FOG we can go that route too, its just that this Veeam product is more inline with what your goals are.

  • Senior Developer

    @cstutz Why not use CloneZilla?

  • @george1421
    First of all, thank you for your answers.
    It would only be for 1 specific server.
    We have Acronis Backup Recovery, however the version is very old and does not support Windows Server 2012 R2.
    Our need is to make the Clone (Image) of a server of ours that is in another structure below a DMZ and we want to have a clone of that Server at least weekly, in case there is a problem due to invasion, etc … To do the Restore of the image to have the shortest downtime possible.
    The Client (Which is Windows Server 2012 R2) is a physical machine.

  • Moderator

    @cstutz said in Doubts About FOG Project Client Windows:

    Which ports should we release in the Firewall?

    FOG uses several communications protocols from tftp, ftp, nfs, http during the pxe booting and imaging process. Its not really friendly to firewall configurations. Can it be done, yes.

    If it is necessary to restore the Clone (Image), what is the procedure?

    Let me read between the lines here. FOG is not a backup solution. Its a one to many imaging solution. Can it be used for backups? Yes. Is there a better free solution, Yes. The process to restore would be to schedule a restore job from the webui and then pxe boot the target computer. Or pxe boot the target computer and pick deploy image from the iPXE FOG Menu.

  • Moderator

    How many computers at the remote location will be imaged?

    Is the remote location fully routable back to HQ (assuming firewall rules allow)?

    Explain a bit more about your use case for remote imaging?

    Are the remote servers physical or virtual?