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Fog client image upload Dell gx240

Posted on 2010-08-24
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The players:
Fog server: Fedora 10, fog v.29 (didn't work with v.28 either)
client computer: Dell gx240 with Windows XP Pro

The problem in a nutshell:
Can't upload an image from a client to the server.

So here's my issue.  I'm upgrading a lab of computers consisting of what I listed above.  They all have Windows 2000 (yeah, it's for a school district) and I want them at XP SP3.  So I installed XP on one and have configured it to my heart's delight in preparation for cloning it to fog so I can propagate it to the lab.  So I was all ready to go.  The problem is that right when the computer gets to the part where it uploads the image, it skips the nice progress bars and 20-30 minutes of uploading and goes right to restoring the MBR and rebooting.  A sizeless image shows up on the fog server and that's it.  I upgraded fog from .28 to .29 and that didn't help.  I'm pretty much at a loss here.  Fog has just always worked for me before and this weird bug with this Dell has stymied me.  There are no networking issues as the Dell happily boots from the network and everything works fine right up to when the upload would start happening.  Any thoughts?

Thanks!
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Question by:raderje
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I would check in Disk maanger for any extra restore partitions that may be messing things up.

Also do a Chkdsk /r on the windows machine

lastly , have you tried PING instead of FOG ?

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by:raderje
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There is only one partition.  I installed Windows fresh and actually used PartedMagic to get the drive ready, so I know for a fact that it has only one partition.  And the image I set up on the server is set to be one partition only.  I believe I did a chkdsk /r but will again.  Ping looks cool: http://ping.windowsdream.com/  I'll have to consider it if I can't get Fog to cooperate.  I had also considered putting the client's hard drive in a completely different computer (like not a gx240) to see if I could just get the disk image uploaded.  Thanks for the suggestions!
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by:raderje
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I tried uploading an image from another gx240 and it worked.  The hard drive is a bit different model so that may have factored in.  The computer is also running windows 2000.  So I tried putting the HDD with winxp on it into the computer that I was able to upload from and got the same issue.  So that tells me the issue is with the hard drive.  The issue could be the hard drive itself or it could be the partition on the hard drive, I'm just not sure.  So I booted up PartedMagic and am uploading an image to the fog server manually with the dd command!  Take that!! :D
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Ended up using clonezilla which worked pretty good.  It's kind of clunky and I much prefer the simplicity of Fog, but it works.  Once I had XP up and running on the computer I'd uploaded a Win2000 image from I tried uploading to Fog from that computer.  ...and got the same issue!!  This computer has a slightly different model hard drive so it must be something with the XP install that is messing up Fog.  I've done multiple chkdsks and defragmented.  There's just something with that XP install that stops Fog cold right before it's about to upload.  Different computers, different hard drives, same XP install and same problem.  So I'll continue on using clonezilla, but I'd much prefer Fog since I have to image like 30 computers and using clonezilla just adds extra steps.

Thanks!
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You should be able to automate clonezilla since it is a command line utility.
may require customizing the CD, or USB boot device.
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You may want to try inserting "irqpoll" as a "Host Kernel Option." That sometimes allows for a smoother boot process.
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