FOG is an imaging solution for Vista and Windows XP that makes use of some open-source tools and a PHP based web interface. It is unique in that it requires no boot disks or CDs, using TFTP and PXE for all its tasks. There are drivers built right into the kernel, negating the need for downloading them from another source. One distinct advantage of using FOG is the ability to use an image from an 80GB partition on a 40GB computer as long as the data doesn't exceed the capacity of the machine you're transferring it to. |
This imaging software will also install printers and perform simple snap-ins as well as auto import hosts to its database. The FOG server will run on practically any Linux distribution.
Because FOG is open source, many small businesses and schools are using it rather than absorb the expense of commercial products and licenses. These users are a testament to FGO's quality and efficiency; both have a need for a reliable imaging product that won't cause costly down time.
Both users and administrators like FOG because of its user friendly interface and a kernel that handles all the NIC drivers. With most jobs, the user doesn't have to visit the client computer as with other imaging programs. And all you need to image a computer is a web browser; there are even those that use FOG to image machines from an iPOD or iPhone.
Versatile, user friendly and efficient, FOG is definitely one of the front runners in the field of computer imaging and well worth checking out.