What do you have FOG running on?
I also like virtualize, because it saves power/money/enviroment, I run mine from home, so I pay the bills, and it is anywhere from $15-30 a month in power to run a computer/server 24/7. I have 7 virtual computer running on 1 box. that is saving me ~$120 a month just in power.
Ha…yes, I meant virtualize. Thanks for the info! Our current ghost server is a minitower PC that sits right next to my office desktop. It was that way when I got here and I never questioned it. It would make sense to have it in our network center and backed up, etc.
@matt, I think you mean virtualize Here are my two cents on physical vs. virtual:
In my opinion, most servers should be virtual. I prefer our FOG servers to be virtual in our environments for the following reasons:
- All of our servers are backed up daily, and virtual servers are really just 1 file, the virtual hard disk.
- Real servers are built on much better hardware, i.e. Intel Xeon, redundant power supplies etc - more efficient and better reliability
- If your server is in a data center (depending on the size company) there is a good chance you would be on a 10Gbe backbone, or a trunked 1Gbe connection, whereas on a physical box, you would more than likely be on a 1Gbe at most.
- If you need to beef up a server, it’s as simple as moving a slider or clicking a box in a drop down menu. You don’t physically upgrade anything (assuming you have extra power to tap from your physical server box)
If you want to see the benefits of virtual PC’s I recommend trying VMWare view, or if you are looking for a more server type solution, to look at VMWare ESXi. Both products are free. (There are others out their as well, however, you will find VMWare to be the “industry standard” which is why i’m suggesting these products.)
Just to keep the thread going I’ll add my two bits in…doing a small bench deployment this week on an Optiplex 745 with 2GB ram.
if we switch to FOG we will be using it on about 700 computers. Our old ghost server is a simple Core2 Duo tower that I might use, unless they want to visualize it, though I’d have to look at the pros and cons of that.
9,200 computers? Realy cool!
I’m using FOG on a dedicated Dell 780, 4GB RAM on a 1GB network.
Currently imaging around 200-250 computers. Deployment runs very very fast, it’s running at full network speed without problems and while deploying it’s just using a few 100 mb’s of RAM.
Also using the fog user tracker to check how many users are login in/out and checking where pc’s are rarely being used so we can move them to other locations.
At home I run FOG on VMware Workstation 8 on “the rig” (see my signature). At work, we run it on a server running ESX and vSphere with a Intel Xeon E7-L8867. This images around 9,200 computers for us. We mainly use FOG for imaging and the hardware inventory. We also use snap-ins as a backup to SCCM.
I have fog running on a ubuntu 10.10 VM, running on ESXI.
The host server specs
Intell i7 2600K
16GB DDR3 Ram
~8TB a HD space with mismatch hard drives
I am running this on my home network, so nothing to extreme over here. Have 10 computers all running on 1GB network. A few of the computers have there own image, but most have a generic base win 7 image that I can quickly deploy to any computer. I have windows 7 computers and i am starting to get in to Ubuntu, so also have a few Ubuntu computers that I image as well.
As far a features I use imaging of course, the inventory system, and the others tasks yous can send out to clients, like clam av and disk check are very helpful. I also love PXE, starting to add 3ed party iso to it. I would love snapins but I haven’t figured out how to use them yet.