Fog – free and open source computer cloning solution


Fog stands for Free Open source Ghost. Fog is a Linux-based, free and open source computer imaging solution for Windows XP and Vista that ties together a few open-source tools with a php-based web interface. Fog doesn’t use any boot disks, or CDs; everything is done via TFTP and PXE. Also with fog many drivers are built into the kernel, so you don’t really need to worry about drivers. Fog also supports putting an image that came from a computer with a 80GB partition onto a machine with a 40GB hard drive as long as the data is less than 40GB. FOG supports multi-casting, meaning that you can image many PCs from the same stream. So it should be as fast whether you are imaging 1 PC or 20.

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Fog also includes a graphical Windows service, which makes everything easy to set up.

Features of FOG:

FOG is more than just an imaging solution. FOG performs tasks like installing and managing printers, tracking user access to computers, installing applications remotely via snapins, and automatic user log offs. If a computer is badly infected with a virus or malware, you can boot FOG in AV mode and have it remove the viruses. You can wipe your disks, destroying all information that was on them, you can restore deleted files, or scan the disk for bad blocks.

Using FOG Windows 2000/XP/2003 and Vista can be imaged.

Fog is an Open Source project and licensed under the GPL which means that you are free to use FOG on as many computers as you like for free.

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