Looking for help
Hello, I work for a school district in Cedar Falls, IA. We are currently using Fog for imaging purposes but we want to use more of it’s capabilities. I was hoping someone here could help me find a willing Fog expert that would consider working with us to get more out of Fog. Is there anyone who I can contact?
Donna, unfortunately, at this time there is no official FOG training, just a bunch of willing people to help you on the forums if you come across problems. Lots of people on the forums are very knowledgeable when it comes to Linux and FOG itself. A lot of people like Fedora/CentOS for their base install, I personally use Ubuntu Desktop/Server for my installs depending on the factors.
That being said, i’ve found that it’s much easier to run programs through a batch file rather than trying to get a program to install right from the executable. However, I personally prefer scripts for any automation just because I know exactly what’s going to happen, and if it fails, I’ll know exactly where to begin to look. The one drawback to the current system is that it doesn’t always detect when one application is done installing before it tries to install the next, so at times, it will fail.
A neat feature that we use to great extents at work is the ability to boot ISO’s right from the FOG menu. We had DBAN, Parted Magic, Diagnostic CD’s, Pre Boot Environments etc all at our fingertips without having to lug around CD’s or flash drives. I also modified the .32 kernel code to be able to image machines without them checking in with FOG. So if you were at a workstation, you’d boot to FOG, select the image you wanted from the FOG menu, hit enter and it’s on it’s way. You didn’t need to set anything up on the web interface, you just selected it and off it went. The fact that you can boot into an antivirus is just that much better as well.
FOG .33 is in the works, and is a major rewrite of the code, but should be a more modular project to make it easier for others to write add-on’s for it. However, try to find sometime to work with FOG, it’s already pretty user friendly, but don’t hesitate to ask questions on the forums. You’ll get responses very quickly, and everyone is always willing to help!
Basically we don’t really know what all Fog can do as we have not had time to devote to playing. We had to get images out in a fast way to start. Now we are looking for someone to show us what all it can do. Is there Fog training?
I know for one thing we want to push software update/ patch packages out. We get hit all the time when Adobe and Java new updates come out. We want a way to update those without having to do it at the machine. We’re not as concerned about regular windows updates as we usually just create new updated image for those.
What kind of capabilities are you looking to utilize? Features built into FOG and the FOG client or something more?