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February 11, 2013 7:04:50 PM

I would like to setup a network system where I can install windows 7 on multiple PC using a network drive. Does anybody know of a guide where I can setup a network drive that will be plugged into a router? Then when I need to install windows on multiple pc I can just connect those pc to router and boot from network. Please help if you can. Thank You! :D 
February 12, 2013 1:26:24 PM

You can use Symantec Ghost:
Easy to setup, but you have to create a bootable USB/CD/DVD to boot the system from. So if you want to install on 20 machines at once you have to create 20 bootable USB/CD/DVD.

You can setup a PXE/TFTP server:
Takes more to setup but you can boot every machine from the network.

You also want to make sure your network can handle that kind of load. I can install on 10 machines using our ghost setup in a little more than an hour. Our Ghost server and system stations are all connected up to a gig switch.
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February 12, 2013 1:29:32 PM

Could I plug in a network drive to my router and use that as my source for windows insulation? Thanks for reply.
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February 12, 2013 6:10:32 PM

No, you would have to setup a server to administer the installs whether you choose ghost or PXE. Then you could plug your network drive into the server to store your images. Is this for a home office style setting?

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February 12, 2013 10:28:26 PM

Yes for small office. Thanks for all the info exactly what I needed to know. Thanks again.
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February 13, 2013 2:42:40 AM

What TFTP server software would be good in my case if I wanted to install windows 7 on multiple pc?
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February 13, 2013 11:50:06 AM

I just found TFTPD32 on a quick search... I've never used it but it's open source software (Free).
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February 13, 2013 12:15:41 PM

Ok thanks. I have also seen different ones just wondering what would be better.
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February 13, 2013 12:16:00 PM

Best answer selected by efx2001.
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February 13, 2013 12:18:02 PM

I'd give that TFTPDF32 a try... It looks like it can be setup on a Windows 7 machine so you wouldn't have to purchase a Server license unless you already have one.
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February 13, 2013 1:51:07 PM

Oh really? Nice. Thank you for all the info. Will give it go. Thanks
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