The only tool with a web-based dashboard to manage the process
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unlike the other solutions, you can image and clone computers by accessing the FOG dashboard from a mobile device such as a tablet