How To Intall FOG Network Backup on Ubuntu 16.04 Server

How To Intall FOG Network Backup on Ubuntu 16.04 Server

FOG is a free and open source backup solution. FOG is actually a Linux based computer imaging solution that can be used to backup almost any operating systems including Windows Xp, Vista, 7, 8 and also Windows 10. This tutorial will show you how to install FOG Network Backup on Ubuntu 16.04 Server.

FOG utilize PHP based web user interface to manage and configure the backup. Not like many other network backup software, FOG use TFTP and PXE to boot the client computer. The client PC will boot via PXE and download small linux client that will do the imaging or backup jobs.

FOG Features

FOG is not an ordinary disk imaging solution. It has many features for your network backup solution.

  • PXE boot environment
  • Can do full disk, partitions, multiple disks imaging
  • Supports Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Disk wiping capable
  • Bad block scan
  • Many more

Install FOG on Ubuntu 16.04 Server

From Terminal, execute the following commands

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt install git
git clone https://github.com/fogproject/fogproject.git fog_1.5.0/

The command will update and download fog 1.5.0 to your current directory. Please note that it will download large files from the internet. Next cd to fog directory

cd fog_1.5.0/bin
sudo ./installfog.sh

The installer will start and you will need to answer some questions during the installation process

fog installation.png

This process will overwrite your apache2 and php installation. Please read carefully before you answer every questions.

fog installation on ubuntu.png

The installation process could take some times. In my case, it took up to 30 minutes until everything is completed. Once completed, you will be asked to open FOG web management UI and install the database. See the following screenshot.

fog install 1.png

Finally, FOG Server is up and running. Use the user and password shown on Terminal console to login. Usually, the web management address is:

http://your-server-ip-address/fog/management

fog web management.png

Now you can start backing up your clients using FOG. I will write more article about this great backup software. Stay tuned. Thanks for reading this how to install FOG backup server on Ubuntu 16.04.

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