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Hey guys,

Hope I'm in the right spot, I have been given a task to setup 120+ laptops all the same model, I was thinking about creating a lan and setting up 20 laptops at a time and pushing an image out to them after staging one of the laptops the way they need to run and creating an image from that laptop. I wanted to know if anyone has had any expierence with this in the past and what would be a cost efficient way to go about doing this. I would like the software to be relatively cheap if not free, Norton Ghost is looking somewhere in the range of $40 a license, and I dont have any expierence with pushing images out over a network just cloning in general.

I'm going a seperate lan route then our primary as I don't want to push that kind of bandwidth over our network, if a server is necessary I'm sure I can scrounge something not in use for that as well.

If anyone has any ideas or recommendations that I can look into; it would be a great help!
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Ghost is $40 per license, as in each "image server" you run, or each laptop you're pushing an image to?

If you do get Ghost, it is very easy to do mass deployments. You don't need a dedicated server. You can run it from a laptop if you wish. Just remember whatever you use will be limited by the NIC speed coming from the image deployer.

If you have a spare thumbdrive or 2, just make a bootdisk from within Ghost, boot up the laptops with that disk, and you'll be on your way.
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The way I understand it is each laptop I have to push the image too...
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I think its very easy to deploy windows (if linux is what you want it is a bit tough) , I think like windowns 7 server 2008 comes with a 30day trial period , so why dont you try a guide on how to set up network install in windows server.

When I was preparing for MCP I deployed it simulataneously in many VMs.
I deployed winxp using winserver 2003


What you need to do is to dump the win 7 disk and configure the dhcp and do a couple of mouse clicks.
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I know a lot of people that prefer MDT over WDS. WDS can be finicky.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/dd407791.aspx
    
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Damn, sorry I should of put this info in guys, my bad...It's going to be Windows XP x86 frown.gif
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So far from my research I've come across two options that seem pretty legit..

http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/snapdeploy/#overview

and

http://www.pcdisktools.com/pcnetworkclone.htm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by wtomlinson View Post

Ghost is $40 per license, as in each "image server" you run, or each laptop you're pushing an image to?

If you do get Ghost, it is very easy to do mass deployments. You don't need a dedicated server. You can run it from a laptop if you wish. Just remember whatever you use will be limited by the NIC speed coming from the image deployer.

If you have a spare thumbdrive or 2, just make a bootdisk from within Ghost, boot up the laptops with that disk, and you'll be on your way.

Actually, the Ghost cost is per machine imaged (same with Acronis). Which means you legally need a license for every machine you use ghost on to load an image (I have to deal with the licensing for one of my customers).

I use Clonezilla and DRBL to push images to 250 clients at once. Works with any flavor of linux or windows (so far).

Check out the DRBL info on how to get it going.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diskless_Remote_Boot_in_Linux

(or if you need some pointers to get started, just ask here since it will be helpful to all.)

BTW: I have found that CentOS is the best distribution I have tried for a Clonezilla/DRBL server.
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Actually, the Ghost cost is per machine imaged (same with Acronis). Which means you legally need a license for every machine you use ghost on to load an image (I have to deal with the licensing for one of my customers).

I use Clonezilla and DRBL to push images to 250 clients at once. Works with any flavor of linux or windows (so far).

Check out the DRBL info on how to get it going.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diskless_Remote_Boot_in_Linux

(or if you need some pointers to get started, just ask here since it will be helpful to all.)

BTW: I have found that CentOS is the best distribution I have tried for a Clonezilla/DRBL server.

This looks like a great method and a perfect fit. Read the wiki, but still unsure on how to get started.... If you could help me with geting started, I should be able to pick it up rather quick and I could be able to put together a step-by-step guide for future reference for members.
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