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Who is using PING -- Platforms and Organizations

Postby Natan » Thu May 31, 2007 10:45 am

Hi there !

Are you using PING in your organization ? Let other people know !

Think of it, a Linux opensource-project sometimes needs some advocacy, especially in big companies. Others might be interested in the list of hardware devices PING has been successfully used on. So, it would be a nice thing to enumerate them, without omitting the version of PING you have used.

Thanks to all contributors to this topic.

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Postby Natan » Fri Jun 08, 2007 7:34 am

Successfully tested the June 7th 2007 on a IBM e366 server.
Config: RAID5 with adapter IBM ServeRAID, 4GO RAM, big HDDs, bi-xeon.
PING version: 1.12 (the one updated on June 6th... :D)


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We use it.

Postby henselkp » Thu Jun 14, 2007 8:32 pm

Saint Mark Lutheran School in Green Bay, WI has used PING to clone some PC's in the computer lab. This summer, I wanted to do it again, but I always seem to have to do it without the shell to make it work. I wish that it didn't ask me for the IP that it should know and I don't. I also used UDPClone on some of the machines, which was easier. I am going to try the latest beta and see if I get even better results.

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Postby Natan » Thu Jun 21, 2007 2:36 pm

Successfully tested the June 21th 2007 on a IBM xSeries 345 server.
Config: RAID5 with adapter IBM ServeRAID, 1GO RAM, big HDDs.
PING version: 1.12 (the one updated on June 6th... )


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Postby MuffinMan » Fri Jun 22, 2007 2:04 am

Hi Guys,

I'm in a hospital environment where I look after many specialised PC based medical systems with all sorts of filesystems and operating systems. Unfortunately the majority are windo$e based but a have a few Macs, SPARCs, UNIXs and I'm sure a few others I haven't yet discovered.

I'm keen to really start tearing into PING to see how it goes. I'll keep you updated with what I succeed in.

BTW: Local Imaging would be a wonderful addition that I would use all the time. IE: /hda to /hdc etc etc

EDIT: Completed first backup/restore of an XP system. Flawless :twisted:

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Postby flipy » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:57 am

I've been using PING for the past year (since version 1.11to 2.00RC6) for the university "Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional" in Spain.
Mainly to do automatic deploy of preconfigured windows images into ~50 computers once a month.
It's been working so nice that I've saved a lot of time.

Thanks Natan!

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Postby MrFuzzemz » Wed Jul 18, 2007 2:10 pm

PING has worked very well for me on a gigabit network with a Windows 2003 Server. Works great on our many Dell Dimension 4600 systems and systems that I've built. Using XP, Linux and dual-boot images. I even created an image in a virtual machine and used PING to backup and restore that image to desktop systems--that way I don't need to have a separate system kept aside to hold the frequently updated image.

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Postby Ssin » Mon Jul 23, 2007 3:52 pm

I'm working in a computer shop and we use PiNG to restore the OS's images to the HDD when we have batches of the same computer coming in. It helps reduce ALOT the time to market and I find it easier than any ghost application. It's been working for those computers so far :
- Compaq Evo D510 with Ubuntu 6.06 and Windows XP Pro
- NEC Powermate ML3 Windows 2000
- NEC Powermate VL4 Win XP Pro
- FSC Scenic 815 SFF XP Pro
- FSC Scenic (2 or 3 other models whose names I don't remember)
- Asus BareBone V2 based on VIA/Intel/SiS chipsets (basically every different model the V2 series sports)
- Dell laptops (D600 mainly)
- HP Laptops (don't remember the name)

I just love it and now that I just tried PiNG 2.0 it's even better! Keep up the good work guys!

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Postby spy1309 » Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:44 pm

We use PING 1.11 version for over 6 months in our organization called UCAN whitch is a non profit organization focused in helping abused kids from Illinois.
Ping is wonderfull for us we never could ve afford Symantec or other solutions so we want send our gratitude to all the guys who create this project.
For us it works very good we have a Dell and Acer workstations, the only hick up is with the Acer who have SIS chipsets for the love of good the SIS on board network adapter does not get recognized by ping.

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Postby devitek » Mon Aug 20, 2007 2:35 pm

We've just started using PING here at our world headquarters. We're a tax and financial advisory firm located in Missouri.

I run a small, ~200 machine lab that consists of mock tax offices. We have QA testers that use these offices to test new software. Whenever we turn over an office to a testing group, they have to go through a time-consuming process for setting up the machines in that office before they can actually test anything. Then, once they've run through a testing cycle they have to go through the office setup process completely from scratch--a process that takes several hours. PING allows us to set up an office, take snapshots of the machines and store them on a server. When the testers are ready to start another cycle, they just use PING to pull down that preconfigured image we created for them, thus saving them hours and hours of redundant work.

Once a few more bugs are worked out, we'll be able to allow the testers to use PING without our help, which will allow them more flexibility in their testing.

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Pretty new to PING but...

Postby mmuras » Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:46 am

I am pretty new to the PING world...but...I work for a medium sized property management company. This company has far too many different types of PCs but I will deal with that...

I have used PING 1.11 to image and restore one XP Pro Dell Latitude D520 already.

I am doing tests with PING 2.0 for the purposes of backing up only certain partitions...

Hopefully within a few weeks I will test PING on a test box with Windows Server 2003...if anyone has tried using PING to image Windows Server 2003 can you please let me know how it went....I am very excited about PING but I really want to do proper testing before deploying it to my production environment.


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Postby annihilator89 » Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:33 pm

To make my story short I was hired by the high school for the summer and found this program. Once I set it up, and fixed a few problems with the partitions it worked great. I made a few small tutorials on our set up so hopefully the school will use it next year...

Currently Onekama Consolidated School, Michigan, USA is using PING!!!

the only thing I want now is a preconfigured script for the net set up can anyone tell me how to do that?

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Postby Curtis8 » Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:16 pm

If you are talking about the ping.conf file there are possible fixes being discussed in this thread.

If you can read this, help me by going to the following link (can only go once per day)

Thank you

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Postby Metachemical » Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:40 pm

I work at a small IT services company in Kingston, Ontario. We setup networks and machines for everything from walk in customers to large local orginizations.

I used PING to deploy an image from an IBM Z-Pro 9228-MC1 to 4 others. Another 69 machines will be done in the next week. I plan on using PING to do all future rollouts of machines we configure and our whiteboxes, as well as burning bootable restore discs for clients machines.

Imaging is being done on a dedicated network running through a 3Com Superstack3 (10/100) switch. We plan on going gigabit in the future.

Great piece of software! (PING 2.00)
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Postby mhiggins » Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:40 pm

I am the part time tech coordinator for a small school district in Kansas. I discovered PING 2.0 this summer. So far I have deployed images to about 100 machines of various types with excellent results. I boot from CD and pull the image from a dedicated Linux server built on a discarded P4-1.6 machine with 512MB RAM.

I typically image from 3 to 7 machines at a time. My shortest times have been 30 minutes and the longest about 90 minutes.

My only problem so far is one of chipset drivers for a particular ACER machine but I have posted that elsewhere on the forum.

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