Mobile fog server
Our school has 3 campus places with each 2 computer rooms with 20 pc’s; we reinstall all pc’s twice a year.
Setting up 3 fog servers is financially not possible. We are thinking of dedicating a laptop with an external usb disk as a (mobile) fog server.
Would this be a realistic approach? Are there any specific caveats (e.g. each campus has a different subnet).
Thanks in advance
Hello I am trying to setup a mobile fog server on a laptop and I just need some direction on how to set it up and etc. . I have installed VMware workstation and I want to make the FOG a virtual fog server. What would be the first steps to setting it up, What type of virtual hardware settings do I need, do I need to install Ubunu and which version, and where do I get the FOG directories or install?
I did this mobile setup too - where FOG is the DHCP server for the clients. However, when I’m booting off my switch to the Fog Laptop, I am not getting PXE to even pickup up other pc to be imaged from my Fog server. Any tweaks to (Ubuntu 0.04) DHCP that I might be overlooking? Thanks all
I have done this using an old dell laptop and a cheap netgear workgroup switch. You probably won’t be able to do any multicast or things like that, but for imaging a lab of machines, it works great.
I would not plug the fog server into the campus switch because you will have machines that pickup a dhcp address from your “mobile” fog box.
I would let the mobile box do everything, dhcp etc. plug the machines you want to image into the switch you bring with you pxe boot them and go to town.
Just by curiosity: why should I use a fog VM rather than a fresh install? About the switch: I guess it’s nog problem to plug the laptop directly in the campus switvch?
I can report that if you download the fog VM and use JUST a 5 port switch and designate the fog server for DHCP you can use it as a stand alone imaging solution. Not ideal, but it does work.
Simply upload an image to the mobile unit and turn it loose on the remote locations.
I’m pretty new at this fog game, but based on what I’ve read having the Fog server change IP addresses every time you plug it into a different subnet is going to be a challenge. There are numerous posts here on what you need to do. I suggest keeping them close by as a reference. Also, DHCP modifications will be something else you’ll need to deal with. I suppose you could have a set of static IP addresses (one for each subnet) that you change the server to whenever you visit that subnet. Please report back how this works out.