Project booting .gho images over the network.

September 19, 2010 at 13:37:54
Specs: Windows 7, 2xdual core 4gb
I am trying to save time by creating a image of a hard drive (.gho) for installations at work.

This works fine on booting from a disc with windows (XP pro) and the necessary applications(bloomberg, office etc) that my work place uses, but ideally I would like to be able to run installations from a server (2003) across the network.

Can anyone provide information on where to start. I've got the idea in my head that I need to understand PXE more or is that incorrect?

A starting point (link) would be fine on how I would go about network booting and pulling down the image for install on a fresh machine.

Thanks in advance


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#1
September 20, 2010 at 07:25:20
Can anyone provide information on where to start. I've got the idea in my head that I need to understand PXE more or is that incorrect?

Yes, a PXE NIC and a network bootdisk/CD.

Just google "network bootdisk" and you'll definitely find some links to one's that are already made that you can just download and stick on a floppy. If you're PC's don't have floppy drives, you'll need to research a bootable network CD. Same thing, just google it.

Boot with the network bootdisk (CD), the PC gets a valid IP from DHCP, you then map a drive to the share with the image and start the install. If you know what you're doing, you have the drive map as part of the boot sequence.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
September 20, 2010 at 09:10:06
Rider3 you may wish to web search on [RIS] remote installation services 2003 server

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#3
September 20, 2010 at 18:11:30
Appreciate that Curt. Thanks.

Wanderer - I had a brief look at RIS prior to starting this project, but considered it to indepth for what I need to do and the amount of time I have to spare at work in research . Maybe ill consider it once I have more time.

Thx


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#4
September 20, 2010 at 19:48:35
You are reinventing the wheel. There is a reason RIS exists.

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#5
September 21, 2010 at 04:14:24
OK OK. I'll look into it once I have reinvented my wheel.


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