Computer Imaging over Network

khyer123
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I am looking for some imaging solution, that will do the following:

-Enable me to image multiple computers at a time, over a network.
-I don't want to have to deal with boot disks... so I'm guessing some PXE solution, or maybe being able deploy images remotely.
-I want the option to be able to name the computers at the time of imaging, so I don't have to add them after. We are on a Windows 2k3 domain.

We have explored Ghost 8.2, but can't get PXE to work for it.

Any suggestions? 500 points for this one.
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Since you mentioned Ghost 8.2, have you tried the new Symanec Ghost Solution Suite 2.0?

http://www.symantec.com/smb/products/overview.jsp?pcid=cli_mgmt&pvid=ghost

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I talked to a rep about that yesterday, they didn't offer a non-boot-disk solution
I haven't used GSS 2.0 myself, but my understanding is that each client pc's bios must support PXE as one of the requirements.  If a client pc won't look for a PXE server because the BIOS won't support it, then it won't.

Here's a reference discussion that seems similar to your requirement:

http://radified.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1176755945/1#1
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We were looking into RIS, and deploying a ghost image over that... but we can't get the comptuers with Broadcom NIC's to boot into it. Intel NIC's work fine.... and we can use other PXE methods for that. I'll take a look into that link. :)
ok.  Besides the bios, the nic obviously has to support PXE.  Probably not a happy thought, but you could replace the Broadcom NIC's.

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We thought of that... and would if we didn't have almost 1000 of them... the NIC does support PXE, but particularly not RIS.
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ALthough a PXE solution could be ideal, you may have no choice but to use a bootable CD/ Floppy if the NICs do not support wat you need.

I would also check to see if a BIOS update is available that  colud correct the NIC issues.

I hope this helps !

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Thank you both for your help

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