Thank you for all of the assistance. I really appreciate it. I have all of the keys for all of the Windows install’s so typing them in shouldn’t be an issue.
I am new to FOG and working with technology as a career. I fill many different roles at a high school, including managing the student computers. We are a small high school with only 200 students, using around 30 PC's and 25 Laptops that are all imaged using FOG.
It was totally that. The pxe wasn’t on. Dang, I feel like a putz. I was able to image it with an old image from one of our other Windows 7 images. It isn’t perfect but the computer is at least usable so that I can use a different one to create the new image.
Can you explain the sys prep directions? I don’t think I’m 100% clear on that process. Do you simply run sysprep / OOBE /generalize / shut down? Once it shuts down upload in FOG and pxe boot on reboot?
Do I need to sysprep all of the machines before Image them, or just the one that I pull the image from? Or do I just need to ensure that I have they are set to pxe boot?
Thank you for all of the help and support.
They are Dell Optiplex 760 with Windows 7. They are refurbished.
So, when I did sysprep and shutdown, I then restarted and hit f12 to get into the BIOS. Once there, I only get 5 options, Onboard SATA hard-drive, Onboard or USB CD-ROM drive, system setup, diagnostics and intol management engine BIOS Extension.
I think there is a great problem now however. When I first turned the computer on I didn’t realize I needed to pxe boot (the walkthrough I found didn’t say to pxe boot), so it started normally and ran some sort of sysprep stuff and told me it had failed. I shut down and tried with pxe. Now I get nothing. It tells me windows install didn’t work and to try again.
@nshaw Please understand I’m not condemning here only stating that the newer version(s) (also free) has more features and are easier to support. The 0.30 build is old and some of the components can not be fixed if there is a discovered but.
Just so I can establish a baseline for the discussion.
Is this a new install / never been used / or are you new to FOG?
Have you ever pxe booted into the FOG menu before? (this will tell me if the infrastructure is setup to support pxe booting).
I didn’t take it as criticism, just explaining the use of the old system. No worries.
This is a new install on 10 new computers. I have only used FOG to re-image existing computers with existing images. I have pxe booted when I re-imaged using established images. This is a silly question but do I need to download something from FOG onto the computers I want to image before I run them? On all of the walkthroughs I read, it never mentioned installing anything from FOG onto the computers being imaged. I only registered the image/host on the FOG controller.
I guess the first question is why are you using version 0.30? That is a really old version of FOG. Is this a new install?
That is what was here when I got here. We are a small charter school without much of a budget. I have to work with what I have.
I have done everything you said and it won’t even begin to pxe boot. It just goes into the BIOS and gives me a bunch of options that don’t yield results.
I am having an issue getting my new image to upload. I thought I had followed everything in the tutorial but i guess I didn’t get it correct. Here is what I have:
10 Dell PC’s running windows 7
I created my master pc to have exactly the programs my students need
Created a new image in FOG
Created a new host in FOG
I ran sysprep on my master; it went through the process and shutdown
After that I went into FOG, found my new host and under basic tasks selected “upload”
When I turned the new host back on, it went through a sysprep opening and created a new user. This one is called “administrator” and it changed the name of my pc. FOG never initialized and the image was not pulled.
Did I miss a step? Is this a common issue?
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
I am new to FOG so this may be a very rookie mistake.
I work at a small high school that uses FOG to image our student PC’s (about 40) and laptops (25). I have 2 replacement laptops that I just purchased, HP elitebooks, that will not take an image. This is the first time that I have started with a fresh computer, as I had previously only done re-imaging of computers that had issues and were already FOGed.
I have created a new host for the laptop using its MAC address and deployed the image. From there, I was told (and have always done) to press f12 on start up to get it to network boot. When I do that, I can see it trying to reach the FOG server but it eventually times out. I have tried numerous times, and never been successful. The closest that I have gotten it is for the FOG screen to come up very briefly and then it stopped and just booted into windows.
Any idea what I am doing wrong? Also, are there any well done guides that are accessible for making new images and uploading them, as well as proper deployment for new machines? I have tried looking for them but I have never had any success.