FOG project

The only tool with a web-based dash­board to man­age the process

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usability

Un­like the other so­lu­tions, FOG isn’t avail­able as a Live CD and has to in­stalled. The de­vel­op­ers rec­om­mend an Ubuntu or Cen­tOS in­stal­la­tion, which needs a static IP be­fore run­ning the setup script that au­to­mat­i­cally fetches the re­quired com­po­nents. Once it’s in­stalled, you can use its browser-based dash­board to im­age and clone com­put­ers across the net­work.

Mal­leabil­ity

FOG is a com­plex piece of soft­ware and of­fers plenty of op­tions, with var­i­ous fields to de­scribe the host images. It can also ar­range them into groups for eas­ier man­age­ment. There are also sev­eral op­tions to sched­ule the imag­ing process. Be­sides cre­at­ing and de­ploy­ing images, FOG can also be used to de­bug im­aged com­put­ers, re­motely wipe hosts and more.

Net­work use

FOG is scaleable and can man­age large net­works spread over mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions, in the same build­ing or around the world. It also sup­ports mul­ti­cast func­tion­al­ity to de­ploy mul­ti­ple machines in one go. On such large in­stal­la­tions, you can have mul­ti­ple FOG in­stal­la­tions con­fig­ured as stor­age servers, which help take the load off the main imag­ing server.

Restora­tion

De­ploy­ing an im­age is a fairly sim­ple process. First en­sure that the tar­get com­puter is reg­is­tered with the FOG server and has a cloned im­age as­so­ci­ated with it, then all you need to do is to cre­ate a de­ploy im­age task us­ing the web in­ter­face.

Over­all

Apart from the mi­nor in­con­ve­nience of in­stalling it be­fore you can use it to clone com­put­ers, FOG trumps its com­pe­ti­tion on all other fronts. Its web front-end makes light work of the en­tire process.

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Un­like the other so­lu­tions, you can im­age and clone com­put­ers by ac­cess­ing the FOG dash­board from a mo­bile de­vice such as a tablet

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