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I'm looking into a solution for our QA department that allows them to create a set of operating system images and deploy them to multiple machines from a central server without using virtualization.

Does anyone have any recommendations on a solution for this? (paid or otherwise)

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is there a reason you are ruling out virtualization? –  Zypher Apr 22 '10 at 11:11
    
We already have a virtualized environment. We need to test both. –  Mark Apr 22 '10 at 11:29
    
FYI we are planning on using Linux and Windows images –  Mark Apr 22 '10 at 13:01

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Along with the others mentioned there is FOG. A network based solution that uses images stored on a central server and pxe boot for deployment.

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it's the only one mentioned so far that i know can dump a whole OS image from a server. centrally managed too. –  Javier Apr 22 '10 at 15:34
    
Fog is Perfect. Thank you David. –  Mark Apr 28 '10 at 11:39

Windows? WDS - works perfectly. The good thing is that it is not a disc image, it images on the file system level (like a zip file, with all attributes), so the disc size is not important.

"ImageX" is the command you look for to make an image copy from an existing disc.

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Ghost, Acronis, WDS (formerly RIS), Altiris

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Except that RIS is now WDS –  mfinni Apr 22 '10 at 13:06
    
@mfinni - I guess you can pick which option I listed that I haven't used in a while :) –  MDMarra Apr 22 '10 at 13:26

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