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Hi,

I recently have volunteered at a computer company whom are a non-profit company who provide low-income families and other business' computers at low cost or none. They are a large company and in the middle of a bunch of changes plus expanding. They also provide the local school systems with free computers to children who don't have one at home, a program they primarily focus on.

Long story short I need to know if I can ghost several laptops, from 6-20 at a time using a server and just ethernet connections. What's the best route to go?

The company has loads of hardware, servers, operating systems, keys, etc, so I have access to just about anything that would make this work. I know in the past they had a tech (now who has left) that was wiping multiple drives and apparently doing ghosting using Bart PE? With that program they had to use specific 3Com PCMIA cards/NICS for the ghosting process.

Any help on this would be fantastic, as this is all for a really awesome cause. Thanks!
    
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I use to use ghost years ago. We had a server that did ghost multicast, and we would image up to 12 or so machines at the same time.

We made a network boot disk, then ran either ghost.exe or ghost32.exe after it was booted. They would then connect back to the ghost server. You would set the number of machines you wantd to ghost on the server, and it would start when the last one connected.
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That's basically what I'm after, though I'm sure it's not quite as simple as you've explained. Or is it?!

I mean I have a vast array of tools to use, and I want to minimize the issues associated with this. I'm just trying to help them get moving quicker as they're already backed up on quite a few things.
    
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Almost as simple as Thorn-Blade explained, yes. Norton Ghost will allow you to restore images onto multiple machines at a time over a network. Unfortunately, I don't have/can't find a guide on how to do this right now
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Hrm.. Ok. I guess I'll have to get more going when I can get their massive server up. Keep the info coming though, I appreciate every little tid bit I can get!
    
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It has been years since I have used it. The copy I have is Ghost version 6, and they are now up to version 15.

I didn't have much luck finding the Ghostcast server in the manual, but I did notice the Symantec Ghost Solution Suite has become very expensive.

I did find an open source project if you know any Linux. I don't know how well it works though.

http://www.fogproject.org/

This is nice:

What makes FOG different?
* FOG is easy for end user. The end user no longer needs to worry about NIC drivers to image a computer, this is all handled by the kernel. FOG management is done via an easy to use web GUI.

Edit: Here are a few more... http://packratstudios.com/index.php/...-alternatives/
Edited by Thorn-Blade - 1/14/11 at 6:39pm
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Thanks Thorn-Blade, definitely looking into that.
    
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Would highly recommend FOG... or you could always look into Windows Remote Installation Service (RIS)
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