I'm looking for a new way to deploy my systems across a large network, and a large number of computers. I'm familiar with, and currently am operating with Ghost Solution Suite and a PXE network boot environment, but I've got other ideas.

What I'm after is basically a way to distribute my workstation images via the BitTorrent protocol. As I'm sure this can be done on some level, I'm hoping to find an easier, pre-packaged way of doing this. I've tried Google, but of course, I'm inundated with the wrong types of results.

The way I could do this would be as such:
  1. Create .torrent file (full file system of syspreped Windows, for example)
  2. Boot to PXE environment
  3. Partition the drive
  4. Load DOS based BitTorrent client with .torrent file
  5. Reboot on completion
But now my campus is trying to use the Macs more, so I've got to consider those. Drive stamping would be better, but I don't think BT would support that.
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Answered 07/15/2009 by: sbequette
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Windows Deployment Services does Multicast not P2P.

I have the answer Harshmage, and as far as im aware is the only solution in this space.
The product is called Distribrute
A free trial can be DL from the site above it allows you to test on 25 machines for a year.

In essence they use a heap of MS distro tech.
From WAIK to WIM to PE to their own Torrent client for PE and the native OS.
It looks pretty tough and was originaly designed for a Uni in the Neterlands (6,500 clients).

That said they dont support Macs... so you would need to look else where for that.
I would suggest for baremetal mac deployment you use:
DeployStudio This product is free.

Answered 07/18/2009 by: rahvintzu
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