Speaking of Mac imaging.  I’ve been successful in setting up NetBoot on our old Mac Server.  Then I set up DeployStudio (www.deployStudio.com) which will pull and push drive images (including BootCamp partitions) and auto configure my Macs.  Though I’m still hammering out some of the kinks and mucking through its features (the documentation isn’t all that great) it does appear to be just plan awesome.  Deploy Studio is free as well.

Anyone else using that?  I’d like to know how it’s working for you.








Michael Vining, SB Network Services

South Burlington School District

South Burlington, Vermont 05403


Direct: (802) 652-7298

DNS Help Desk: (802) 652-7050



From: School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Robert Gervais
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2009 1:38 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: imaging pc's


Hi folks,

*be warned: Mac guy treading in PC territory here!

I've got a school that just purchased a bunch of netbooks with Windows XP Home (Lenova s10).  Nice little machine, but I'm not too keen on setting up 28 of them!  They have no server to do imaging and my experience is with OSX Server and Carbon Copy Cloner.

Ideally what I want to do is setup the "perfect" machine and clone it to the others, be able to quickly re-clone, or reset to originally cloned settings (after students/teachers/malware messes things up) when I desire (not every time the machine restarts).  No servers to connect to for profiles, so only local user accounts will be uses.  Preferably the "image" would be on a usb drive.  

I've read about FOG and SelfImage (both open source) a little.  The school isn't purchasing anything expensive!  I am headed to FOSS in April, but I'd like to start experimenting now.

Another related q: stick with XP Home or go OpenSource?  What about antivirus/malware solutions?  What am I getting myself in to, and forget the "Any Key", where is the darn Apple Key???


thanks for your musings!


Rob Gervais

Technology Coordinator

Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union

Enosburg, VT 05450

802-933-2171 x33


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