CrucibleWDS 2.3.0 Beta 1 Released

The first beta for CrucibleWDS 2.3.0 has been released.  This release should address almost every issue that has been raised in the forums, and focuses on the client side imaging process.  The imaging process has been significantly altered.  It has been streamlined and now takes a more Universal approach to try and create every image in the best way possible.  As a result you are no longer required to set an Image OS Type.  Any machine that contains at least 1 NTFS or EXT filesystem can be resized and deployed to smaller sized hard drives.  It doesn’t matter if it has 1 or 50 partitions.  The concept of a standard partition layout has been removed.  Install your OS anyway you like.  They key to making all this work is the ability for CrucibleWDS to now dynamically create partitions that will fit on the destination drive.  Now for the part I may take some heat on.  Images created prior to version 2.3.0 are not compatible.  The reason being is that for dynamic partition creation to work, a lot of information about the original hard drive is recorded.  This information is unavailable for images created before 2.3.0.  When viewing an image in the WebUI, there is a new option called specs.  This lets you selectively pick and choose what hard drives and partitions you would like to restore.  It also gives you the ability to set your own size for a partition.  This release is fully featured and I expect minimal changes will be required to make it a stable release.  Just need to iron out any bugs that may be hiding.  So I am looking for testers that would be willing to report their success and failures.  New install documentation has been added.  Check out the downloads here.

More info to follow soon.