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Old 04-05-2005, 06:52 PM   #1
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Can I clone a drive over the network?

I'm purchasing 10 windows machines. I need to switch them all to linux. I could open up each box, pull out the drives & use dd to clone one of my existing machine's drives to each one, but it would be easier if I could clone one of my existing machines without pulling everything apart.

My first thought was to use a CD distro (like knoppix) to boot the new windows boxes, then rsync an entire linux drive from existing Linux computer, but I don't think rsync gets the partition table & may have issues with /proc. Is there another method? Will rsync work if I use the -D option (for device)? Are there other options I should use if using rsync?

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Please post a response if this works
Old 04-05-2005, 07:09 PM   #3
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Originally posted by Kroenecker

Please post a response if this works
cool... didn't know this existed.

will do on the report back.

edit: actually, I might not use this. If anyone else has another suggestion, let it fly.

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Old 04-06-2005, 02:31 AM   #4
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Yes SystemImager . Basically setup one box to suit your needs and you can then create a image of that box which becomes the golden client. The app then creates a boot disk which is used to boot each box and create a network connection to the golden client. The image from the golden client is then transferred over the nework to each box. In an operational environment you need only update the golden client and all other boxes can be synced to pickup the updates from the golden client.


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