Hi there, and thanks for the response!
Right now, we’re not at the “Selling it to management” stage so much as we are at the “Is this the best solution for our institution compared to other products with similar features” stage. We’ve done some preliminary research into FOG and other tools, and we are currently looking at FOG, SCCM/WDS and LANDesk. Since both FOG and LANDesk have a fairly small following, I assumed that we’d probably have to set up a test server for FOG and have a product demo for LANDesk, but we were hoping that we’d find another institution nearby that is using one of those tools.
[B]1. How many computers are in your organization, and are they all from a specific company (Dell, HP) etc[/B]
We have somewhere around 1500 computers according to our inventory. This is composed of devices from several manufacturers – mostly Apple, Dell and MPC/OmniTech
[B]2. Does your institution have any computer labs?[/B]
Yes, several. We have moved to a dual-boot model for most labs (Mac OS and Win 7). We currently create modular OS X images and monolithic Windows images for these. Finding a modular option (like FOG) that we can apply to the Windows partitions in our lab environment is something we’re keen on. On that note, I’d love to hear whether anyone using FOG is using it for dual-boot deployment (and how!).
[B]3. Do you have multiple building locations, and if you do, are they directly linked together (fiber line) or connected via VPN?[/B]
We are multiple buildings at a single location – no satellite campuses.
[B]4. What operating systems will the computers have?[/B]
Mostly Windows 7, although we will continue to have a few Windows XP machines for the foreseeable future.
[B]5. Would your FOG server be on a physical box or a VM?[/B]
TBD. I believe that our network staff prefer VM when possible, but we could probably go either way depending on need.