Am I understanding you that your interest is in a tool that can do the
actual partitioning remotely? I.e., never touch another console again,
kind of thing?
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On Mon, 18 Oct 2010, Victor Rossi intoned:
VR:Greg & David,
VR: Thanks greatly for the insightful and informative take on cloning &
VR:multicasting. I honestly didn't know that WDS has a multicast mode. Is this
VR:how the computer depot preps new machines? They always seem to arrive
VR:I haven't yet found anything in writing that says either Fog or WDS can
VR:handle Win7/Ubunutu dual boot *client* machines. The FOG site has a lot of
VR:info about many opsystem options for the server side.
VR:Has anyone had experience with WDS in dual boot systems? Perhaps these
VR:details are in your 2007 blog?
VR:The only real problem with spending $120 is that it is nice to test these
VR:things out beforehand. -V
VR:On 10/18/10 9:48 AM, J. Greg Mackinnon wrote:
VR:> MCA does not cover Windows Server. It covers Windows workstation
VR:> /upgrades/ (you must still purchase an OS with each new computer, but
VR:> you can upgrade to an volume license edition of Windows after that).
VR:> You can purchase a Windows Server (standard edition) license for about
VR:> $110 under MS Select Agreement though the Computer Depot. For most
VR:> people, that should not be cost prohibitive.
VR:> I expect you already know that in ETS we host two separate but
VR:> complimentary Windows deployment technologies... Windows Deployment
VR:> Services (Windows DS, or WDS), and "LiteTouch" (a component of the
VR:> Microsoft Deployment Toolkit). WDS is a systems for simple Windows
VR:> system image distribution. LiteTouch is a tool for running one-off
VR:> customized and automated deployments of Windows. Both are freely
VR:> available to the UVM community. I wrote about these services for the now
VR:> defunct "IT-News" letter in 2007. An old (but still accurate) blog entry
VR:> on the subject can be found here:
VR:> If you really need frequent rapid multi-system cloning, then I could see
VR:> you wanting your own distribution server located on your local subnet.
VR:> But you still could use a WDS server in multicast mode to accomplich
VR:> this end. Total cost to you in software? About $110. Cheap!
VR:> I agree with David that Altiris likely would be too complicated and
VR:> cumbersome for small scale deployments. However, I cannot say that I
VR:> share is enthusiasm for open-source projects such as "Dolly" and "Fog".
VR:> I get the feeling that open source developers really have to struggle to
VR:> keep on top of new developments in the Windows OS world. Since Microsoft
VR:> provides reliable, affordable, and well documented tools for mass system
VR:> distribution, I see no reason to stray off the reservation... but that's
VR:> just my take on the situation.
VR:> J. Greg Mackinnon | ETS Systems Architecture and Administration | x68251
VR:> On 10/15/2010 3:01 PM, Victor Rossi wrote:
VR:> > does our mca agreement does not include windows server editions?
VR:> > i want to test altiris for imaging, but apparently it only works on
VR:> > windows server