Isolated FOG Server 1.2.0 setup question

  • Hardware:
    Dell Optiplex 9020 running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with Two NIC Cards
    NETGEAR ProSafe 16 Port Gigabit Switch (Model GS116)

    Good afternoon everyone, I have been tasked at work with creating an Isolated FOG server. Our goal is to set it up while it is connected to the internet and, once it has finished, disconnect it and have it never get out to the internet again. I am a complete newb when it comes to Linux and FOG, so I was hoping that someone here may be able to point me in the right direction on how the install would go and how to use it.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks everyone!

  • Yes, when I installed FOG, I clicked Y for the, “Would you like to use the FOG server for dhcp service? [Y/n]” option.

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    @BrainDeadJedi524 As I mentioned if you don’t have an existing dhcp server on the deployment lan you will need FOG to act as your dhcp server. Didn’t the installer ask if you wanted FOG to run as your dhcp server? The process I outlined a few posts ago was the proper order to get the right interface defined for image deployment.

  • OK, I have followed the instructions you posted and FOG is installed and I can get to the FOG Management webpage and login with no issues. I was also able to install the latest Kernel on it. Now when I plug my switch in and connect a computer into it to capture an image, I can’t get it to load up any sort of menu that I can capture the image on. It comes up and says, “PXE-E51: No DHCP or proxyDHCP offers were received. PXE-M0F: Exiting Broadcom PXE Rom.”


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    @BrainDeadJedi524 basically but you do need to enable fog to be your dhcp server unless you have something else on the imaging LAN that will provide that service.

  • OK, thanks for the information!! When setting up the FOG software, do I need to follow the instructions as listed in the website below?


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    @BrainDeadJedi524 said in Isolated FOG Server 1.2.0 setup question:

    @george1421 That is exactly right. Sorry for the confusion.

    No problem, there are just several ways to go about this. I needed to find out your exact intent to give you a path forward.

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    In this case what I would do is this

    1. Only install one network adapter in your FOG server.
    2. Download the FOG 1.2.0 installer to this server.
    3. Set the network interface for this single network adapter consistent to what you want for your image deployment LAN. The key is to have this interface setup with the proper static IP address before you install fog.
    4. Install FOG, if the FOG server will be supplying dhcp and dns for this isolated network make those selections during the install of FOG.
    5. Once FOG is installed, install the second network adapter and connect it to your business network. This interface will be you management interface into FOG. All image capture and deployment will go over the first interface installed.

  • @george1421 That is exactly right. Sorry for the confusion.

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    @BrainDeadJedi524 Ok that is easier to setup then.

    Let me restate what I think you said.

    We want to setup a FOG server with 2 network adapters (dual homed). One network adapter will be connected to our business LAN and one network adapter will be connected to a image deployment network. That image deployment network will be isolated and used only for image deployment. What do I need to setup?

  • Sorry, should’ve probably explained this better. We don’t want to image our machines over our network, we want this server to be totally isolated from the network. Having it be connected on one of the NICs is fine, but we want to have the second connected to a network switch so the imaging is done over that and not the internet. Hopefully this explains the situation a little better.

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    @BrainDeadJedi524 Before I will answer that question, I think you need to explain exactly how you are planning to use the FOG server if you are not connected to a network?

  • OK, what settings do I choose when installing FOG? Since this is not going to be connected to any network once installed, I assume that these network settings will need to be static?


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    If you are only installing FOG 1.2.0 (stable) all you need is to download the installer files and install FOG. Then I would recommend once installed then go into the fog configuration and download the latest FOG kernel for 1.2.0. That will give you support for the current hardware. Understand that fog 1.2.0 is about 2 years old, so the native kernel will not have new(ish) hardware. FOG 1.3.0 hasn’t been released yet. If this FOG server was going to have access to the internet I would say install FOG 1.2.0 trunk build (i.e. pre-1.3.0) to get access to the latest hardware support including uefi firmware, gpt disks and windows 10 support. But the trunk build is updated often with bug fixes. So having it on an isolated network is probably not the best solution for you. The 1.2.0 stable build is more or less stable.

    As for using it there are quite a few youtube videos about setting up FOG for image capture and deployment. If you have specific questions you can post them to the forum.