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CloneDeploy Proxy DHCP 2.0.0 Released 7-27-2016

  • Complete code rewrite – more efficient now
  • Fixes bug where the proxy server would not respond to requests forwarded by an ip helper / relay
  • Added support for DHCP relays that use option 82
  • Works properly on Linux with Mono now
  • Added option to generate Apple NBI list string without the need for CloneDeploy Server
  • Added support for WinPE – Needed for next CloneDeploy release
  • Added integration with CloneDeploy to check for reservations stored in the CloneDeploy Web Interface – In next CloneDeploy release
  • Grab the new version from the Downloads page

And now for some CloneDeploy 1.2.0 news:

  • WinPE support is approximately 75% done
  • A utility to easily create the WinPE imaging environment for use with CloneDeploy has been finished
  • CloneDeploy Proxy DHCP has been updated to support WinPE
  • Bug fixes and feature requests are under way
  • Anticipated release date is late September – early October

CloneDeploy 1.1.0 Released 6-18-2016

As usual I was hoping to get more into this release, but I felt it was time to release what was done.  Click here for the changelog.

Important: If upgrading, you must use the upgrade package.  Do not use the full 1.1.0 installation for upgrades.

What Is CloneDeploy?

CloneDeploy is a free open source solution for computer cloning / imaging. It most closely resembles an alternative for Symantec Ghost Solution Suite™ or Acronis Snap Deploy™. It supports imaging Windows XP through Windows 10, Linux, and OSX, using both Unicast and Multicast technologies.

Features.

  • MBR and GPT
  • Legacy BIOS and EFI
  • Full LVM Support
  • Full Extended/Logical Partition support
  • NTFS, FAT, ext2, ext3,ext4, hfs plus
  • Cloning to smaller drives
  • Automatic host renaming
  • Client booting from USB/ISO/PXE
  • Simple Web Interface
  • Completely automated imaging
  • Custom scripting
  • Multicast
  • Can be installed on Windows, Linux, and FreeNAS
  • Bare Metal Restores

Is It For Me?

CloneDeploy was created to be used primarily in schools or small businesses. It can be used to image 1000’s of computers (probably not all at once). It should be used with an existing infrastructure. Meaning, a network with managed routers / switches, DHCP server, etc. CloneDeploy is intended to be installed on a server that is always running to ensure imaging is readily available.

How Does It Work?

CloneDeploy is a managed solution consisting of two parts. A server side component and a client side component. The server side is installed on Windows or Linux and the UI can be accessed from any web capable device within your network. The client side uses Linux. Since the process is automated, no previous Linux experience is required, although it may be helpful. Imaging is achieved through your network with the use of PXE booting and WOL or you can use the standalone client iso for CD booting or USB booting. To achieve the best results all of your clients are added to a database, then you simply search for the computer you wish to deploy and start the task. The client will automatically turn on and begin to image. Imaging can be accomplished without ever being present at the physical machine’s location.

What it is NOT.

  • CloneDeploy is NOT a backup solution and should never be used as such.  It is only intended to provide imaging capabilities for generic images that do not contain irreplaceable data.
  • CloneDeploy is NOT an unattended installation of Windows.  CloneDeploy is a cloning program.  It creates an image of an existing machine that can then be deployed to other machines.  Yes, it could be thought of as unattended because it is totally automated, but there is a difference.
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