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I mean managing a single client computer. Like always having putty, konboot, backtrack etc. nearby if you need to repair a computer in your personal life. (Where we all know, people don't do remote backup.)This may not be sysadmin specific, if your definition of a sysadmin is one who manages data centers and 100 client computers at at time.57 commentsshareSure, for personal computers where they have no backup and are freaking out about their pictures. You could go for a clean. Your best bet would be to mount the drive outside the computer. Pull the data and wipe/rebuild.I used to love cleaning machines, don't get me wrong. But after a while you realize your are just putting the client more at risk for losing their data with multiple reboots, scans, cleanups. Plus its just a time wasting enterprise and not worth it to your client. If you, remove drive, mount outside the environment, recover data, replace drive, install, install programs, return data, install a backup utility (home backup cloud services are easy and cheap), then image the entire machine to a rebuild partition you are doing a better service for your client.1.) You've backed up their data2.) You've made it so you can restore their machine remotely without a return visit3.) You've pretty much made the computer idiot proof for destruction4.) You can charge what you want for a restore and your subsequent repairs will take 15 minutes of active time.permalinksaveparentgive goldI actually encountered quite a bit of legitimate software connected to some old CNC or something, where the only installation media left in the world is a scratched old CD that the client can't find.Compared to some of the weird xp-only-compatible company-went-down-and-burned-all-copies software I've met, a torrented Photoshop is pretty durable.Upselling is usually hard, because I'm not a professional, and therefore people expect it to be cheap.
Even thought I don't control the prices of Microsoft Office.. And when we're talking about some old CNC, and the only option is to replace the hole thing or just clean the system, people get what they pay for.Usually I'm not a big fan of imaging, since the img may be 1 year old, and software is outdated. With something like ninite.com, I don't find images as useful as they were years ago.But maybe I should start looking into that. You mentioned restoring the machine from a img remotely? Can you point me to that?permalinksaveparentgive goldHiren's Boot CD, installers for antivirus (avg, malwarebytes, spybot, and ccleaner), Kali linux (has a forensics boot option for those unaware), and Liberte linux for anon stuff in my personal time. Built it for working on client PCs at a small town repair shop and haven't used much else since (except google). I also highly recommend Multisystem for building it.
Haven't had a problem with it and even has an option to turn an OS persistent (haven't tested that yet, though). I don't know about YUMI but Multisystem only takes as much space is necessary and leaves the rest free.permalinksavegive goldnew server? configure IMM/iLO/whatever and mount an ISO, repeat.Only if your rack and stack guys know enough to configure an IMM. Or you have DHCP running. I don't have either. New builds require me to go onsite to set IMM/RSA (all IBM shop). I usually go ahead and run the OS install at the same time. I used to have a USB flash drive that had all the base software required for compliance in our environment portable apps getdataback. We aren't allowed to mount USB anything now, for security.
Now we maintain a repository for the base build software and just get the OS on the wire and finish up with an install script.permalinksaveparentgive goldSorry for the sloppy writeup, I'm in a hurry at the moment. If you get stuck, let me know and I'll help ASAP. When I get a chance, I'll flesh out some parts and post it as a separate post in this subreddit.PrerequisitesHere's a checklist of things you'll need.1) SARDUThis utility is used to handle all the booting magic. We mainly need to use it as Windows installers have a hardcoded bootmgr and don't like to play nice with each other. Be careful installing it as the installer does prompt to install some crapware.
Just hit decline to the offers or manually end the crapware installer InstallManager.exe.2) FalconFour Ultimate Boot CD 4.6Due to the legal questionability of it, you'll have to obtain it yourself from a Bay of Pirates. FUBCD includes a plethora of useful things such as but not limited to:MiniXP gutted and rebuilt with new, flexible on-disc scripting, for easy mods,Active File Recovery 7.5.1,CCleaner,CPU-Z,HWMonitor,MS DaRT 5 / ERD Commander 2005 utilities,HD Tune Pro 5,ImgBurn,Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 2.0.8,MyDefrag 4.3.1 with FullOptimize script,NirSoft collection 2/1/2013, now with 90% fewer antivirus false alarms,SoftPerfect Network Scanner 5.1.2,TreeSize Personal 5.4.4,Firefox Portable,Shiny graphics that make the room smell nicer.And a slew of utilities from Hiren's disc, some updated, including: EzPcFix, Acronis Disk Director, ATF Cleaner, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware updated 11/6/2012, Bulk Rename Utility, Combofix updated 2/16/2013, Defraggler, Speccy, Content Advisor Password Remover, Recuva, Diskview, Filemon, Regmon, Procmon, DriveImageXML, GetDataBack, Recover My Files, Ghost32 11.5.1, ISOBuster, GImageX (ImageX GUI), SUPERAntiSpyware, IrfanView, NTPWEdit, Partition Magic, TeraCopy, TightVNC Server/Viewer, Unstoppable Copier, Victoria, MHDD, WinRAR, and 7-Zip ... among others.3) Windows ISOsI included Windows XP PRO, 7 and 8 on mine. You could also include Vista, if you really have some space to waste. You can grab Windows Vista and Windows 7 directly from Microsoft. You can also download Windows 8 from Microsoft if you have a valid product key.
You only need to grab one edition of each version of Windows but be sure to download both the 64 and 32 bits of each. To save on space and make everything play nicely, we'll need to combine the 32 and 64 bits of Windows 7 and then do the same to Windows 8. To create an All-In-One(AIO) ISO for each, follow the Windows 7 tutorial and then the Windows 8 tutorial. For Vista you can follow the same basic tutorial as Windows 7. For Windows XP you'll have to get each edition separately. SARDU also supports Windows PE but I'll let you figure that out.4) AVG Rescue CD (bootable AVG)Bootable AVG without having to boot into your infected Windows. Before scanning, it'll try to connect to the internet to obtain the latest updates. You can download it from SARDU or directly from AVG.InstallationAfter you have gotten the above, fork your dongle into the USB slot and open up SARDU.
At the side, hit Search USB and make sure your stick is selected. Now hit file and then Open ISO Folder. In the folder, place your Windows ISOs and your AVG iso in here. Do not place the FalconFour ISO in here as we have to install this separate. You'll need to rename your ISOs so SARDU can discover them.Windows 7 AIO ISO - InstallWin7.isoWindows 8 AIO ISO - InstallWin8.isoWindows XP PRO ISO - Install_XP_pro.isoAVG Rescue ISO - avg_rescue.iso(Mouse over the names in SARDU to see what you'll have to rename the rest of your ISOs to.)Back in SARDU, the check boxes next to the things we place ISOs for should be selectable now. Select them all.
If you're so inclined, you can also include other software SARDU makes available by clicking on the names of each and following the instructions.We'll need to format your USB stick. In SARDU, hit the USB menu and then Format USB Fat32. Once that's done, extract the contents of the FalconFour ISO to your USB stick. Once it's done extracting, go back to SARDU and then hit the Extra menu and then Load Menu GRUB4DOS (.lst). Find the menu.lst file on your USB.Now we're ready to create the stick! In SARDU, hit the USB icon at the side. Congrats, you now have a bootable USB with Windows installers and FalconFour.CleanupTo make things more seamless, we need to add some code to FalconFour to easily go back to the root SARDU menu.
Add the following to the menu.lst file after the line that says default 4: title Back to ROOT Menufind --set-root --ignore-floppies /isolinux.binchainloader /isolinux.bin || chainloader +1bootIf it complains about a missing isolinux.bin, you can download it here. Place it into the root of your USB.You may also want to customize the labels of the entries in SARDU. The syslinux.cfg in the root of the USB controls the root menu and then the different .cfg files in the SARDU folder control the different SARDU menus.
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Careful editing them though as SARDU doesn't like it when you change any of the attribution stuff at the top of each file.permalinksaveparentgive goldMy USB stick has Easy2Boot instead of Yumi. I have Hirens, of course.
AVG Rescue Disk. Gparted. DBAN. Macrium boot CD. Runtime's live CD - I have several licenses for their products.
A few other things I can't remember.As far as non-bootable utilities, I have Ninite One with the apps I install most always up to date. Makes installing and updating a bunch of apps much faster. A personalized version of BleachBit, which is like CCleaner but open source and I like it better. A bunch of other utilities that I only use once or twice a year but are invaluable when you need them. Like Symantec's uninstaller (the best piece of software that Symantec puts out is the one that uninstalls the rest of their crap). A utility to fix exe files if a virus screws them up.
A winsock repair utility for XP machines. That kind of thing.permalinksavegive gold
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