I thought I already posted this once…

But apparently I didn’t.

I’ve been using MDT2010 for Windows 7 deployments for a few months now, and I gotta say, it’s a pain in the rear sometimes.

I heard about FOG a while ago and thought that I posted information about it, but I don’t see that I did.  So, if you’re looking for a free way to image computers (even Win 7) give FOG a shot: http://sourceforge.net/projects/freeghost/

Now, you’ll need a Linux computer to run it on.  If you don’t have one, you can try using VirtualBox and install Ubuntu on a virtual machine in order to run it.

I haven’t quite found out if it’s possible to do via this configuration yet, and I’m unsure about having client systems being able to boot from a virtual PXE host, but if you can’t get that working then try to find a decent system that you can just turn into a dedicated linux FOG server.

Well, I’m off to download all the files I need in order to try this out.  Wish me luck!

Free Network Gateways

I’ve decided to make a short list of network gateways that home / small business users can use on their network.

http://www.untangle.com Untangle (I use it on both of my school networks. love it!)
http://m0n0.ch/wall/ M0n0wall
http://www.astaro.com/our_products/product_overview/landing_pages/free_home_edition Astaro
http://www.ipcop.org/ IPCop
http://www.devil-linux.org/home/index.php Devil-Linux
http://www.clarkconnect.com/ Clarkconnect
http://www.pfsense.org/ pfsense

and of course, there are MANY more.  You can also run the linux distro of your choice, and just run IPTables on it.  Let me remind everyone that if they are just on a small home network, without a BUNCH of computers / servers / appliances running, all of these firewalls can be a little over-the-top.

Besides the fact that you’ll probably be just using some old junky, clunky, ugly computer for this task, which has an obvious waste of good floor space, you’ll also be wasting a lot more energy than a standard off the shelf router.  I know, I know, it’s hard to be green and a geek at the same time!

Because of that, I’ll list some favorite aftermarket router software (firmware) that you can load on your home router to make it a little better than what Linksys or D-Link or whoever ships their products out with. Continue reading “Free Network Gateways”