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Old 06-02-2006, 11:49 AM   #1
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Linux server for disk cloning?

I want to create a basic Linux server that holds several disk images on it to distribute to fresh machines over the network. I'd like to simply plug computers into the network, boot to a CD like Ghost 4 Linux, and pull the disk image from the IP of my server. I work for a library and would probably have images for general-use public access computers (Windows+Office+security+etc, another with SUSE+OpenOffice+security+etc), and catalog access (Linux+Firefox+security). Then, whenever I need to re-image corrupted computers, I could just plug them into the network, boot to CD, and let the server do the work for me.

I tried searching for this. I'd heard somebody call it an "integration server", but Google came up with many things very different than what I was looking for. What's the proper terminology for this, and where's some good documentation on designing one with Linux and getting it to work with client machines?

Old 06-02-2006, 12:48 PM   #2
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Its called a jumpstart server or pxe boot in linux.

there are a couple of approaches

1: pxe install the os then have a script that copies the files you need over

2: have a flash image containing everything you want and pxe install this(pretty sure pxe supports flashing or ghosting as you called it)

that should get you started.

This way you have no need for a cd, just go into the bios and kick off a network boot.
Old 06-02-2006, 02:25 PM   #3
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Great, I'll look into that. Thanks!


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