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Deploy an image

One of the main tasks of FOG is to quickly deploy images to machines.
This can be new machines that you will introduce to your environment or
the re-imaging of existing machines.


We're assuming here that you have captured a Windows 10 image like
described above in this manual. Also, you have a new machine that is not
registered at FOG and you would like to deploy the image onto this

Booting up the machine

Plug in a cabled ethernet connection and in the BIOS, make sure the
machine boots from the network.

In the screenshot above you see a successful network boot:

  1. The PXE client on the machine brings up the network link and via
    DHCP an IP address is requested. The DHCP server (in the screenshot,
    the DHCP server is at hands out together an IP
    address (, also the 'next server'
    ( and 'file name' (ipxe.kpxe) options are handed
  2. The PXE client on the machine then gets the ipxe.pxe image via TFTP
  3. iPXE is executed and configures itself

Then you will be presented with the Fog boot menu:

Use your arrow keys to move the selection up and down. The default,
'boot from hard disk' is chosen in 3 seconds, so be quick.

In red you see the the statement that the host is NOT registered. It
means that the host is not known by Fog.

Choose 'Perform Full Host Registration and Inventory'.

In the text modus, you will be asked several questions:


Enter the hostname that this machine will get after imaging. The machine
will also be registered under this hostname in the FOG Web UI.

Type in a name, for example 'testpc'.

Image ID

You are now asked which image you would like to deploy. Choose '?' for
a listing and type in the ID (number) of the image you want to deploy on
this machine.

Host Groups

You are asked if you would like to associate this machine with host
Groups in FOG. In FOG you can group hosts and you can assign certain
settings and snapins to a group. Group membership can later be managed
in the Web UI.

For now we will say 'N' here.


You are asked if you would like to associate snapins with this host.
Snapins are tasks that are executed by the FOG Client and are mostly
used to install applications afterwards. Snapins for this machine can
later be managed in the Web UI.

For now we will say 'N' here.

Product key

For Windows machines you can add a product key that is applied to the
Windows OS later.

For now we will say 'N' here.

Join Domain

For Windows machines, the FOG Client on the machine can make the machine
join a Windows domain. Domain membership can later be managed in the FOG
Web UI.

For now we will say 'N' here.

Primary User

You are asked the name of the primary user of this machine. This does
not need to be a known accout, but can any name and is only stored in
the inventory in FOG.

For now we will leave this empty. Just press Enter.

Tag #1 and #2

You are asked for Tag #1 and #2. These are free fields where you can
store the serial number of your hardware or an ID of your own asset
management system. The tags are stored in the inventory in FOG.

For now we will leave these fields empty. Press Enter both times.

Deploy image now

You are then asked to deploy the image now. If you say 'Y' here,
besided restering this machine in Fog, also, a deployment task will be
created. Upon next network boot of this machine, the image will be
deployed to this machine.

Say 'Y' here.

FOG Username and password

For registering the machine and the deployment task, FOG needs your FOG
credentials. These are the same credentials you use for the FOG Web UI.

Type in your FOG username and password.

After the questions this machine and it's inventory, like will be
registered in FOG and a deployment task is created for this machine.

Your machine will be rebooted.

Deploy image

Make sure your machine boots from the network.

After booting, partclone will be started and the image on the FOG server
will be copied and unpacked on your machine:

After imaging

When the deployment has been completed, your machine will reboot now and
if all goes well, Windows should start.

Last update: 2023-07-24