• Hi guys,
    I’m looking for buy a new server for my FOG server but, before, I will like know some tips for do a good buy. Can you help, please? I need know how work internally FOG, what resources use it and where should I invest more budget…

    I think that, of course, the disk speed and a good ethernet card with several interfaces (for configured LACP) is important but… what there of RAM and cores? how of important are these components for the FOG? worth invest big part of the budget in a lot of cores and a lot of RAM? I have any doubt about this…

    What is your opinion?

    I really appreciate your help

  • Moderator

    I put the FOG server on a VM, and then have storage on my NAS.

    Most NAS’ can function as a storage node if you configure it correctly, I normally use FreeNAS.

  • I recommend buying a nice Synology NAS with several network interfaces and binding them all together and configure fog to use the binded interface. Use the NAS for the storage. I’d also not recommend installing FOG on bare metal. I’d recommend virtualizing it with either VMWare or Hyper-V or KVM-Fedora or something like that. Snapshots are your best friends ever - not to mention virtualization offers migration. And if you bought a high-end server just to use for hosting VMs with, you could host many other things besides just fog on it.

    That’s what I’d do if I could spend money on a fog build.

  • Testers

    Almost any modern CPU and 4 gigs of RAM will handle your load maybe a terabyte of drive space in a raid setup for redundancy and the fastest NIC supported by the OS you choose and your network you can go 2 or 4 if you want to try teaming your NIC’s but this would be overkill for your needs I think.

  • Hi Joseph,
    thanks for you attention. Normally, I use each year about 5-7 images usual more 2-3 images unusual. With this I want say that a same day I can throw three images different in several PCs at the same time, for example. The images have a size of 25-40 GB each and I think that not there compression. The images is done in mode “All disk, all partitions - No resizable” Do you refer to this?

    In my case, the work the PC’s formated is for batch. One time to week is dedicated to this task and these days can be formatted about 20-30 PCs (equal or not) in several batches, as of today… But in the next months this quantity will double… The idea is can format about 60-70 PCs (equal or not) in a day, in few time.

    I wait that these data are helpful to define my need, if need more info… let me know.


  • Testers

    It really depends on usage. How many clients, how many images, how large are your images, compression level, number of images sent at a time?