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I have around 15 computers in my lab but its very painful when i have to install the windows one bye one when needed. So i want to know is there any system that i can use so that i can install the windows remotely from a master computer.

I have heard about Norton Ghost can do that but i am not sure.. So can somebody suggest on this.

Thx in advance..

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I think you should ask this question on ServerFault. –  Sergey Mirvoda Nov 10 '10 at 20:07
anyway I recommend acronis.com/enterprise/products/snapdeploy –  Sergey Mirvoda Nov 10 '10 at 20:10
Can your machine PXE boot? –  Chopper3 Nov 10 '10 at 20:17

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If you have a windows server to look after these clients then I'd suggest Windows Deployment Services, which is included in Windows Server.

Failing that, I'd consider FOG, which is a very decent open source alternative. Both can be a no cost/low cost thing to set up depending on what you already have.

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Vote++. WDS is very good, and can be combined with DFS to provide "load balanced" installation points. –  Simon Catlin Nov 10 '10 at 21:22
+1. WDS works well if you're already running Windows Servers. If not, I have had success with FOG as well. It should be noted that both solutions require PXE booting your computers. –  Cypher Nov 10 '10 at 22:02

if you are installing operating systems, and have the hardware to support it PXE booting is the way to go, you can maintain installation images on a single server, boot from the media using pxe and away you go

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Windows Deployment Services is a PXE system... –  Simon Catlin Nov 10 '10 at 21:22
@Simon Catlin Thanks for the clarification Simon, I do not work with windows my self, hence mentioning the PXE option. –  Oneiroi Nov 11 '10 at 10:04

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