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Offline jjwinter

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Fog imaging questions
« on: November 01, 2013, 12:47:52 PM »
I've been playing with Fog imaging server (fogproject.org)

its an open-source imaging solution that can make images of machines over the network.

My goal is to use it to make an image of a server. I'd like to then take that image and boot it in VirtualBox.

I have the Fog server running, it found my test workstation and made an image.

VirtualBox doesn't like the image format.

Has anyone else worked with FOG before?

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Re: Fog imaging questions
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2013, 07:05:22 PM »
Ok, with lots of RTFM and research, it works!

Here is what I did:

1) http://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/show/373-fog-server-install-free-opensource-ghost

2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kcrtn1SEUjE

Pitfalls I fell into:

Fog v. 32 didn't work for this. I had to go back to v. 29. Until I found that out, I was struggling with permission and path issues.

The flavor of Ubuntu that worked for me was 10.04 LTS. Newest was wonky.

Various tweaks needed in Virtualbox. (Make the disk IDE, allocate the space, static the MAC, use bridged mode, make sure it will PXE boot)

I had to disconnect my router from my FOG server and client. They talk using PXE DHCP, and my router does DHCP. I could have fixed via settings on the router, but didn't want to.

My test was from an old Dell laptop with XP Pro.








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Re: Fog imaging questions
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2013, 11:04:50 PM »
Thanks for the update JJ (or were you just talking to yourself?)
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Re: Fog imaging questions
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2013, 11:11:39 PM »
BTW, since we're on the subject you may be interested in this:  http://www.bacula.org/en/
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Re: Fog imaging questions
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2013, 12:36:36 AM »
Thanks, I'll check it out. Do you use it?

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Re: Fog imaging questions
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2013, 10:00:35 AM »
I experimented with Bacula years ago when it was a pure open source project (there's a commercial version now), I believe it was originally developed by some IBM guys? Anyway, I don't remember much about my tests with it....sorry.
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Re: Fog imaging questions
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2013, 10:39:42 PM »
Discovered that FOG has poor support for Dell Poweredge servers, and basically servers in general. Kinda limits its usefulness for me. Good for workstations though.

Anyone care to share what their favorite open source products are, for any purpose (not just backups)?

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Re: Fog imaging questions
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2013, 12:30:40 AM »
I like Clonzilla for imaging and LTSP for terminal server/Linux thin client deployment.
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Re: Fog imaging questions
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2013, 05:50:14 AM »
Zentyal, Vyatta, IPCop, to start