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Free/Low cost network imaging solution for Microsoft 03 domain

Posted on 2011-04-29
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Anyone know of a network based imaging solution (for XP,7) that is free/low cost that works well in an microsoft domain?
Thanks experts.
Question by:PapaSmurff
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Have a look at clonezilla.
What about using RIS on windows 2003 not the simplest to setup?
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What type of backup are you wanting to.do and where are you storing them?


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Desktop imaging solution. More of a restoring solution than a backup solution. So are tech's don't have to rebuild just reimage.

I'll just out clonezilla. Thanks.
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Windows 2003 sp2 or higher includes WDS.  This gives you network boot(PXE) and network imaging and deployment.  Check it out.


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Microsoft offers many tools for deployment of images, including WDS as mentioned above (when used on a 2008 Server or later, it supports multicasting so you can deploy MANY machines with one image broadcast).  WDS also supports network boot for both capture and deploy and you can even load other boot images (for example, I usually load the Windows Recovery image).

Then there's the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK or Windows AIK).  And there are several more related tools including the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Tool (MAP), the User State Migration Tool (USMT), and the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT).
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WDS works on Windows 2003 servers as well.  I currently use it in this environment.

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