Best Ubuntu version for latest Fog Server?



  • Ok guys, I sincerely apologise if this has at all been covered already in some form but having been away from the forum in any serious capacity for quite some time now (months!) I’ve been wondering… I’m still running Fog 0.32 on Ubuntu Server 10.04 as I found back when I set it up that it was the best distro version to use for my personal preferences… I guess what I’m asking now, is what experience have you guys had with the 1.x.x version and which Ubuntu would you recommend… if indeed you’d recommend Ubuntu. I’m more comfortable with it than CentOS etc etc and would rather stick with it, but I’m looking to roll out the new version on a test server before integrating it into the main network. 0.32 has been fast, and stable, which are the two main things I really care about.

    To simplify… what Ubuntu distro would experienced users recommend and are there any pitfalls on the way with the new version tree?



  • In my production env, I’m using Debian 7.6, fog 1.2.0 stock (with a patch to make multicast/scheduled tasks work), in a VM running under ESXi. Single storage node. Crazy reliable and fast. 6.3 GB/Min. Pushes an image out to a lab of 30 computers in ~10 minutes for a 30 G image. Task start to finish including sending Adobe CS 6 Master Collection as a snap in (yes… a snapin), along with several other largeish snapins is about 23 minutes.

    Debian 7.6 is pretty much point and shoot for fog 1.2.0. I purging network-manager (debian and ubuntu) (apt-get purge network-manager network-manager-gnome) and statically configuring the network in /etc/network/interfaces as should be done for any server.



  • My 100MB/s equates to 6GB/min. Think thats down to the raid setup etc but still good enough for now. When I install the newer version on a fresh server I’ll do some tuning and tweaking on switches etc. Junkhacker’s 6.5GB/min is quite nice and on a gigabit network you wont be pushing past around 6.7GB/min including overheads so thats quite a decent figure.

    I’ve noticed also that a number of people are suggesting Debian 7.x so I’m downloading 7.6 as I write. I’ll give this a go. Realistically I’d love for fog to be installable on something like Free or OpenBSD at some point in the future.

    Anyhow, I’ll try Debian 7.6 in work when I get back on tuesday and see how it performs. I’ll be setting up mdadm raid5 on 5x2TB WD-Red’s as thats whats available to me as a server for now. Once I know its all working well I’ll throw it on the vmware platform perhaps.


  • Developer

    with fog 1.0+ i have been able to image a single computers over gigabit without dropping below 6.5GB/min


  • Senior Developer

    [quote=“Matt Harding, post: 35748, member: 1207”]Well, I’m after stability more than anything and then speed. What kinds of speeds have you guys achieved while imaging?

    I was managing around 100MB/s with fog 0.32 over Gbit lan. Quite nice really, I’m able to put 2 OS’s on the target machine and join one of them to the domain controller, plus send out packages in under 10 mins. As it should be! The main college network is using SCCM to deliver images to machines, so its currently being shown up badly by the seperate computer science network that I’m managing.[/quote]

    Stability is is a relative term, in my eyes at least.

    I’d think the Stability is the most important part. You were achieving 100MB/s? How much is that translated into GB/min? 5.4?

    In either case, you shouldn’t notice much of a difference. Uploads may take a little longer out of the gate as I’ve set it up to compress the image to the max, but with that upload slowness comes better bandwidth and, theoretically, better speed.



  • Well, I’m after stability more than anything and then speed. What kinds of speeds have you guys achieved while imaging?

    I was managing around 100MB/s with fog 0.32 over Gbit lan. Quite nice really, I’m able to put 2 OS’s on the target machine and join one of them to the domain controller, plus send out packages in under 10 mins. As it should be! The main college network is using SCCM to deliver images to machines, so its currently being shown up badly by the seperate computer science network that I’m managing.



  • I am also using Debian 7.5 and it is working great


  • Moderator

    I would say Debian 7 as well. Not given me any problems.


  • Developer

    These are my personal preferences:
    If I were to install Ubuntu, I would use 13.04.

    If I were to set up a fog server, I would use Debian 7.4.


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