Completely new to FOG... some basic questions
After reading a ton about FOG online etc. I still am not sure about a few things…
- Is Sysprep required for Windows 7 images. If so, why?
- Is Fogprep required for Windows 7 images. If so, why?
- I downloaded the latest kernel using the built in kernel updater, is it okay for older PCs?
- Can a Windows 7 image created on a Dell be used on an HP?
I apologize in advance for such basic questions, but we all started at ground zero at some point with FOG. Appreciate your help. I’m sure I’ll have more questions as I go down this road, so far, I see great potential!
Thanks a lot for the replies! Certainly a lot to digest but I’m willing! Jaymes, I really appreciate you taking the time it took to write all of that. I may very well take you up on the offer of working together with you on the walk through process.
FIRST OF ALL, use methods you are familiar with. There is nothing more frustrating than beating your head against a wall to accomplish something you know NOTHING about. if you are familiar with the sysprep process, then you can begin to tweak it. Until you have a firm grasp of the features and what they do, it can be very daunting and troublesome. There are a MILLION walk throughs that will show you the sysprep process, but nothing can prepare you like jumping in and getting dirty. Something to note is that the methods you are reading about work in THEIR environment and may not transpose well to yours. Be prepared to alter the unattend.xml file to suit your specific needs.
Sysprep is easy, setting up your answer file is where it starts to get rough.
Best practice is to install windows, and enter the Audit mode. Install all software, and drivers, then sysprep and upload to the fog server. It is http://fogproject.org/forum/threads/request-for-kernel-compiling-info-please-read.4045/ Second post, Ozzy has made a FANTASTIC walktrough for compiling and enabling a custom kernel. You can specify a kernel for your special units when you register so you don’t have to change the kernel, just make another available too.
If you are interested I am working on a walk through for my corporation as I am the first to adapt FOG in the imaging process, but I have a feeling the rest of the corporation will change their tune. I am almost 1 month into my imaging and I am almost completely finished, they have yet to start. If you are interested in my walk trough I would be more than happy to share with you, it is a work in progress though.
here is a snippit on the sysprep process.
Use the program to harvest drivers from your currently active machines. If you want to register your drivers before installation:
In [B]HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version[/B] click on “DevicePath” and enter “C:\Drivers” (remember the entries must be separated by a semicolon).
http://theitbros.com/sysprep-a-windows-7-machine-start-to-finish-v2/ Is what you want to solve number 1 and 4.
- So best practice would be to use sysprep when creating the image to be used to build several PCs to avoid weird things with Windows down the road as you say.
- I will discontinue using Fogprep unless creating an XP image, correct? If so, should I do both Fogprep & Sysprep?
- As for kernels, is there a wiki that explains the procedure for trying different kernels?
- I was hoping FOG would do this out of the box, I need to learn about how to create a generalized image as you describe.
Thanks again for the reply and your time… much appreciated.
- No, Sysprep is required for Windows, but FOG can clone Windows 7 without sysprep, but you may run into weird things with Windows and related service such as KMS activation, WSUS.
- In FOG 0.32 and Windows 7, you do not need FogPrep
- You’ll have to find a kernel that works best for you.
- If you make it a hardware generalized image, and you include the necessary drivers somehow. Scripted, SAD2, inserted via some other method.