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Have you looked at FOG?

http://www.fogproject.org/
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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

I use Acronis to do this on a daily basis. Although not in mass deployment, the order of operations will be the same.

Create your image and save to the network available storage using the bootable media created in Acronis True Image
Use that same bootable media (USB drive or disc) to boot the individual laptops and restore the image
Profit?

Keep in mind that you can remove the USB drive or disc after the image recovery operation has started. Also be aware of how much you are taxing your network source. Restoring more than 2 or 3 laptops with the same image on the same source at the same time will make it slow to a crawl and will tax the drive it's located on.
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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.

THe best place to start is here:
http://drbl.org/installation/

There is a bunch of information on setting up a linux box, then DRBL (which includes the server bits for Clonezilla).

I followed the documentation and was able to get my server setup properly with no issues.

BTW: If you have the right switch, one basic XP machine will be imaged in under 15 minutes and 250 only take about 20 minutes (minus the setup time). The critical part to get the multiple installs done in almost the same time as a single machine is the switch/router. If it can handle multicast, then you are set.

Another BTW: The clonezilla live CD is for creating images and cloning one disk.
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THe best place to start is here:
http://drbl.org/installation/

There is a bunch of information on setting up a linux box, then DRBL (which includes the server bits for Clonezilla).

I followed the documentation and was able to get my server setup properly with no issues.

BTW: If you have the right switch, one basic XP machine will be imaged in under 15 minutes and 250 only take about 20 minutes (minus the setup time). The critical part to get the multiple installs done in almost the same time as a single machine is the switch/router. If it can handle multicast, then you are set.

Another BTW: The clonezilla live CD is for creating images and cloning one disk.

Thanks bozo, I'm going to give this a shot, I checked out fog, but drbl seems to have more support and has been around longer. I think I have a Catalyst 2650 lying around I can use, I'll put together in lab and get the kinks worked out and get some hdd's cloned! Oh, +1, thanks again. thumb.gif
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Thanks bozo, I'm going to give this a shot, I checked out fog, but drbl seems to have more support and has been around longer. I think I have a Catalyst 2650 lying around I can use, I'll put together in lab and get the kinks worked out and get some hdd's cloned! Oh, +1, thanks again. thumb.gif

Anytime!

I have had a great experience with Clonezilla so I thought I would pass it on. There is also a way to use the DRBL/Clonezilla server to change some settings on the systems after the image is reloaded. It's been a while, but I used it to modify the network settings of each machine, so that when they rebooted they were on the network with no config issues or IP duplication.

One anomaly I have seen is that some of the Server 2008 clients I restored threw up a dirty file system flag and the servers wanted to go into the repair mode. I just canceled and rebooted and they were fine. I have not tried Server 2012 yet, but that is coming soon as my customer switches over.

That Catalyst switch should be fine, but in case you have a problem, you need to open the ports to "Multicast" and everything should work. The newer Cisco switches have not worked for me. I am not a Cisco expert, but it seems that the way Cisco is setting the defaults on the new switches prevents multicast and each port has to be modified. I think it was also messing with DHCP as well. THe switch wanted to capture the requests.

Good luck and post up your results.
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Found this tutorial, should help many. I'm going to give it a run....

http://oakdome.com/k5/tutorials/computer-cloning/free-computer-cloning.php
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