Booting into FOG and Uploading your first Image
For many of us this will be the first encounter of FOG from a client machine. This article starts with explaining how to boot into FOG (what we actually call the FOS - FOG OS) and register a host, then moves on to how to create an image object. Finally, you'll start to upload a new image to the FOG server. There are quite a few things that can possibly go wrong in this process and we try to point out how to find and solve those issues.
First of all make sure you are connected to the network in which your FOG server resides. Then boot up the client computer, and try to have it PXE by pressing F12 (usually). More often then not, this works or at the very least, gets you to a "boot options" menu. With that said, there are cases where PXE needs to be first enabled in the BIOS before you can use it. If that is the case, go into BIOS, this step may be a little different for every computer. In most cases this involves pressing either F2, F10, or DEL. Then, if the option exists, enable PXE/Network booting.
After that you want to change your boot order, so the first boot device is PXE boot. After making those changes, save your changes and restart the client.
Start the client up again and you should see a menu that looks like the image below:
This is the FOG boot menu.
Register the Client with the FOG Server
Now that the client is pxe booting, we can register it with the FOG server. To do so, select "Perform Full Host Registration and Inventory." During this process you will be asked to answer a few questions like the client's hostname etc. After filling out all questions, the client will go through a quick hardware inventory and restart, at which point the client will be registered with the FOG server.
Create an image object
At this point we must log into the web interface for FOG, this can be done on any PC with network access and web browser.
- Open a browser and navigate to http://[yourserverip]/fog.
- Login to the server (default username is fog and default password is password).
- Navigate to the images section which is the icon in the top row that looks like picture.
- On the left hand menu select Create New Image.
- Enter a meaningful Image Name (no special characters)
- Enter a description if you wish.
- Under storage group, select default
- From the drop down menu select the appropriate operating system for the image
- If the image file is not as you would like it, change it now (no spaces or special characters)
- If you are imaging a single partition Windows machine, select Single Partition
- Click Add
Create the Task
- Still in the host object, click on the Basic Tasks option on the left hand menu.
- Select Upload
- Click Upload Image
- Reboot client and it should pull an image from that computer.