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Advice on the best PC cloning software for use by an IT Company

Posted on 2008-10-02
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We have an IT company and require a solution to allow us to clone new and rebuilt customer computers so they can be easily recovered as required.

Essentially we want to be able to produce a simple recovery CD or DVD so the our staff or the end user can use the disks and quickly recover thier PC's as they would with a new system and the recovery disk.

I know that Ghost can do this but you need to purchase a license of ghost per computer.
As we would also use this for our business customer systems (up to 200 PC's) this is not feasible, so a lower cost  option is required.

The advice of the experts is appreciated.
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by:si_shamil
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My company using Acronis SnapDeploy, it is pretty good has Universal Restore future.
Can do PXE, can work for desktops & servers, and it not so expensive.

you can ready a full futures of it in the Acronis web site:
http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/snapdeploy/
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This works for imaging computers on a company network but we need also to clone and produce product recovery CD/DVD's that we can give to the PC owner which can be an home user or a small business user.

We spoke to Acronis and they do not have a 'system builders' type product.
The product they have needs to be purchased per PC - which is expensive for what we need to do.

Thanks
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Tobias earned 2000 total points
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Hi !

I think Clonezilla is exactly what you need.

http://www.clonezilla.org/

Try it and tell me if it satisfy to you.

Best Regards
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by:swan_solutions
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Will try it and let you know asap - thanks
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by:Komas
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Paragon Drive Backup has fairly all features needed for small enterprise.
www.drive-backup.com

They also disribute free version Drive Backup Express for the simple plain imaging:
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/
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Excellent - thanks
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