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Old 03-19-2005, 02:41 PM   #1
Registered: May 2004
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cloning problems: systemimager ??


Iíve gone through the process of cloning a machine before with no problems but for some reason I canít get it to work again.

Machine to be cloned/golden client, (Works as it should)

Partitions: IDE1 starndard 80gig hardrive
Hda1 linux Ė FILE SYSTEM TYPE: reiserfs
Hda5 linux swap

Distribution: Debian Sarge
Boot loader: Grub v0.95
Kernel: 2.6.8-2-i386

Systemimager version 3.4.0

My cloning process, dhcp is set up on a internal network.

On golden client:
# prepareclient Ėserver

On the image server:
# si_getimage -golden-client -image kioskv3.0 -updates-script YES
# si_addclients -host node -domainname -host-range 1-10 -script kioskv3.0 -ip-range 2>/dev/null
# si_addclients -host node -domainname -host-range 1-10 -script kioskv3.0 -ip-range

I then created a boot floppy for a new machine identical in hardware on the golden client.

I put in the boot floppy and the cloning process completes successfully.

But when I reboot the machine it stops at

Loading DMI pool dataÖ or something like that it says

Loaded the machine from live-cd and ran the following commands

Anyhow I tried to fix this by booting clone machine 1 from knoppix live-cd

root@0[dev]# mount -t reiserfs -o rw /dev/hda1 /mnt/hda1
root@0[dev]# grub-install --recheck --root-directory=/mnt/hda1 /dev/hda
Probing devices to guess BIOS drives. This may take a long time.


took out cd and rebooted. got passed the grub loader properly this time and started loading
up debian but early on it got this error message

/sbin/init: 426: cannot create /dev/null : Read-only file system
/sbin/init: 427: cannot open dev/console : no such file
Kernel panic: Attempted to kill init

can anyone spot anything Iím doing wrong here?

I cloned a machine using the above process which worked perfectly.. the only difference being it was a ext3 filesystem instead of reiserfs.. ideally Iíd like to keep reiserfs if possible.

I have 20 machines to clone.. and if I donít sort this soon Iíll have to install each one of them individually which will take a long time since there is allot of special configuration.

Can anyone shed any light on this?

Anything at all even give me other suggestions how I might do this.

Old 03-30-2006, 05:59 AM   #2
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Location: Westcoast of Sweden
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I am doing the same thing.
I cloned a server running Suse OSS 10 with Symantec Ghost ver 8.2.
The cloning itself work fine, ghosting to.
It boots up and runs, no problem, but...
Eth0 suddenly becomes eth2 (since there was and are two ifīs).
That is the if conf for the "master" host works for the clone but pops up as two new ifīs.

But for cloning symantecs ghost works.
I have also tried g4u (Ghost4Unix) wich is freeware.

The if problem remains thoug.
If you try it and solves it, please tell us.

Old 06-29-2006, 07:23 AM   #3
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Location: Bordeaux
Distribution: Debian Sarge
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Question some news ?


I have exactly the same problem.
Have you found a solution ?



debian, kernel, panic

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