OS Network Deployment/PXE/RIS

October 10, 2009 at 02:19:51
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Hi everyone. I was wondering if anyone had experience/knowledge of OS deployment via a network. I work in a school which runs around 400 computers, and so when it comes to 'building' new systems, a quick and easy install of a OS is essential. We have been using Acronis True Image, to archive the 'New Build' image as such, which is accessed by any system on the network through PXE booting, and subsequently locating Acronis (kept on the server) by means of RIS. My big question, is what are the alternatives to Acronis for such a situation? I need the program to perform all the same functions of Acronis. I would also need to find out about the licensing costs. Would a one off fee be paid (imaging software kept on server) or would each and every system that accesses the image have to be accounted for also? I'm a little confused when it comes to costing. HELP!

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October 10, 2009 at 06:48:16
From what I've read, Acronis is about the best. Someone from Acronis told me that it's one price for each install, so if there is nothing in the client machine, it should be only one fee.

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October 11, 2009 at 15:50:31
Kind of depends on OS. You can build vista and W7 images and deploy them pxe just with the support tools.

There are plenty of ways to support the network too. See gPXE to deploy in more choices that tftp. gPXE supports almost any connection you might wish to deploy.

See 2X if you want to deploy linux too.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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