Organizations Using FOG
@dclark Please do share with the community. This is an excellent way to contribute to the fog project. Also, it’s always refreshing and nice to hear positive stories about FOG.
@george1421 We also have a White Paper I wrote about our initial integration of FOG if you are interested - PM an email address if you would like.
@george1421 That’s a tough question. One thing I have been toying with is some Active Directory integration as far as comparison between FOG hosts and AD hosts. I currently have a framework in PHP to pull records from both and do a daily comparison. I use this to both find hosts that don’t have the FOG client installed for whatever reason, or possibly a client that has broke and also find hosts that have gotten deleted from FOG and not AD or vice-versa. It helps to keep both the FOG host records and AD cleaner and keep clutter to a minimum. If FOG could be directly integrated that when you delete a host you have a choice of also deleting it from AD if it exists. I don’t know if that is something that the community would use or if it would be more of a one-off type of feature, maybe an optional plug-in.
Greener? - I have to say as it stands it has changed things for us dramatically already! We used to average at least 2500 machines left on all the time, now with the shutdown features available in FOG we have it down under 100 most nights/weekends which are mostly machines that need to be on (HVAC controllers, etc…).
@dclark Excellent, it looks like you fully embraced the FOG environment. Well done.
Just a comment on multicasting. Yes it can be difficult to setup. With a large and disperse network I can see where you might have issues because multicasting only is transmitted from the master node in each storage group. So in your setup it would only be practical on your main campus.
So I have to ask you a question. What one feature do you feel is missing in FOG that would make your deployments easier/faster/greener?
@george1421 We originally looked at FOG as a cost cutting measure but have found that we probably get more imaging done with less issues with it than my experience with Altiris. I have written a standalone PHP application that pulls data from the FOG database in order to inventory equipment, track power management, track user logins (by user), and track image aging and OS versions we have in the wild among other things. I use a batch file to collect and record software inventory records and a few other parameters and deploy it periodically via the snap-in system. I use FOG’s post image script to detect the machine and copy the appropriate drivers to the new install. In most instances imaging speed is tremendously better, usually in the 6-8gb range with about a 3 minute average for a 20gb image.
We originally re-purposed a used Dell T-110 tower server as the master and Dell 780 desktops as the storage nodes in order to evaluate the system and ended up running on that for about 6 months of production use. We have since upgraded for hardware reliability which was an easy migration compared to any other migration I have been involved with.
The only issue we have had that has not easily been solved either in house or on the forums is Multi-Cast but I believe that it is a network configuration issue on our end tied into VOIP operations, just haven’t had time to sit and follow the breadcrumbs.
So… Yes, we have found FOG to meet all our needs and then some. What it doesn’t include we can easily add with a little creativity.
@dclark said in Organizations Using FOG:
(Formerly Used Symantec Altiris Solution)
Glad you moved to FOG?
We realize that FOG is not quite as inclusive of a suit as Altiris. I can say its a hell of a lot cheaper and deploys many times faster. I use to administer an Altiris environment in a former life so I know the complexities involved. If you are looking to round out Altiris offerings, you could look into FOG + PDQ Deploy + PDQ Inventory and get pretty much what you had with Altiris for about $1000USD/year/IT Admin (all PDQ licensing spend) for an unlimited number of clients.
Organization Name: Indian River School District
Location: Sussex County, Delaware USA
Approximate Number of systems: 5200 PCs/6000+ Chromebooks/300 Apple Devices
How long: Since 2/2017 (Formerly Used Symantec Altiris Solution)
14 Locations - 1 master server with 13 storage nodes.
2 - High Schools
3 - Middle Schools
7 - Elementary Schools
1 - Special Needs School
1 - K-8 Magnet School with attached Administration Building
Organization Name: Elisava Escola Universitaria de Barcelona Disseny i Enginyeria
Location: Barcelona, Catalonia (Catalonia)
Approximate Number of systems: 600
How long: since 2013
Organization Name: IUT de LYON1
Location (Optional) : LYON FRANCE
Approximate Number of systems: 1200
How long: since 2011
@tom-elliott said in Organizations Using FOG:
Organization Name: Facultad de Informática Mazatlán (FIMAZ) - Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa (UAS)
Location (Optional): Mazatlán, Sinaloa, México
Approximate Number of systems: 200
How long: 1 year
Greg Plamondon Testers
Organization Name: Martin Transportation Systems, Inc
Location (Optional) Byron Center, MI
30 Remote Locations
Approximate Number of systems: 500+
How long:5+ years
Organization Name: Sheakley Group Of Companies
Location (Optional) Cincinnati, Ohio
Approximate Number of systems: 500+
How long:3 years
Started on 0.32 in another company. It actually helped me get this job due the popularity of my imaging process.
Global Callcenter Solutions
11 Fog Servers
Thank you for your time.
Jefferson Regional Medical Center
Pine Bluff, Ar
2 1/2 years
Organization Name: The Institute of Technology and Business in České Budějovice
Location: České Budějovice, Czech Republic
Approximate Number of systems: ~400 and growing
How long: Implemented in May 2017
Can be listed on the Wiki.
FOG servers: 1 dedicated server
Additional Storage Nodes: None
Previous Imaging Solution Used: Ghost Solution Suite 2.0
Uses FOG Client: YES
- Uses Auto Log Out: No
- Uses Client Updater: No
- Uses Directory Cleaner: Yes
- Uses Hostname Changer: Yes
- Uses Host Registration: Yes
- Uses Printer Management: No
- Uses Snapin Client: In near future
- Uses Task Reboot: Yes
- Uses User Cleanup: Yes
- Uses User Tracker: No
Got only Czech logo, hope you don’t mind.
Lampasas Independent School District
Organization Name: Universitat de LLeida
Location: Lleida, Catalonia (Spain)
Approximate Number of systems: 1500
How long: since 2013
Organization Name: CemenTech, Inc.
Location: Indianola, IA
Approximate Number of Systems: ~100
How Long: 1 year … and loving it!
Organization Name: Roma I.S.D
Location: Roma, TX
Approximate Number of systems: 1000 - 1500
1 High School
1 Admin Building
1 Alternative School
How long: 2011 (6 Years)
Organization Name: EMBL Heidelberg
Approximate Number of systems: 37
How long: 6 Years
We’ve been using this system to deploy our Computer Training Lab and it’s by far the best thing we’ve found, open source and paid.