General question about FOG



  • Hello,

    I know that my questions will be dump, but i’m really not into that domain.
    I explain my situation.
    I newly manage a room with around 20 PCs. The previous “manager” use the LRS (Linbox Rescue Server) to clone OS and install the image on other PC.
    We are using those PC for different purpose and every time we duplicate image from the LRS server.

    But … The LRS system is really old (last update 2007 and it doesn’t want W10 clonning …). I’m looking about something to replace it.

    Currently, the PCs boot by PXE on the LRS and we can choose to boot from hard drive localy or a list of image that would be clone on the disk if chosen.

    So, my question is :

    Can I make the same thing with FOG ?

    Again, sorry for the dump question. I see several software which can manage PC but not focused on that “simple” task.

    Regards,
    Zeawiel



  • @Uncle-Frank said:

    I see that FOG works on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Do you have a preference for the distrib (and version) ?

    I know people using FOG on ubuntu. It has some minor issues with mysql breaking sometimes. I use it on debian - works fine. CentOS and Fedora are also fine. Depends on what you prefer, really.

    I’m ok with Ubuntu and Debian.
    So I’ll run it on Debian if it’s not likely to have issue.

    Ps : The forum is really nice to use ! Really smooth !


  • Developer

    I see that FOG works on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Do you have a preference for the distrib (and version) ?

    I know people using FOG on ubuntu. It has some minor issues with mysql breaking sometimes. I use it on debian - works fine. CentOS and Fedora are also fine. Depends on what you prefer, really.



  • @Uncle-Frank said:

    Hi @Zeawiel, welcome to FOG and the forums!

    Thank ! It’s good to see a nice community :)

    Probably best option for you is to leave the LRS untouched for now. I guess you can even leave it online. Setup FOG on a different machine and change your DHCP PXE settings to point the clients to that new server. You can always switch back in case you are not happy with FOG.

    That was my plan. I don’t want to break all the stuff now.
    I see that FOG works on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Do you have a preference for the distrib (and version) ?



  • Thank you ch3i !
    I’ll look deeper into it so ! =)

    Now I have to find a new hardware … the old 256MB ram “server” will die (by me or not !) during the process !


  • Developer

    Hi @Zeawiel, welcome to FOG and the forums!

    If I understand your situation right I’d say FOG is able to do pretty much exactly what you’ve done with LRS so far and possibly a bit more. FOG also uses PXE boot. Therefore it should not be too much trouble to setup.

    Probably best option for you is to leave the LRS untouched for now. I guess you can even leave it online. Setup FOG on a different machine and change your DHCP PXE settings to point the clients to that new server. You can always switch back in case you are not happy with FOG.

    FOG 1.2.0 has been around for some time and is still in use in a lot of places. I am not exactly sure if Windows 10 will work with FOG 1.2.0. Just give it a try. If I remember right it only had issues with Windows 8.x.

    Or if you are keen to try out the newest of FOG, then take a look at this: https://wiki.fogproject.org/wiki/index.php/SVN
    But I have to warn you. This is under development and you might run into minor problems here and there. We are working hard to fix all the issues people tell us about.


  • Moderator

    @Zeawiel said:

    Currently, the PCs boot by PXE on the LRS and we can choose to boot from hard drive localy or a list of image that would be clone on the disk if chosen.

    So, my question is :

    Can I make the same thing with FOG ?

    Hi, yep the same ! ;)


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