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Old 07-30-2006, 08:50 PM   #1
tnine9
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Creating a re-installable image


Hi all,
I have a question that's very general, as it relates to no specific problem. Iím buying 4 used PCs from my IS department at work. In theory, they should all contain identical hardware. I would like to install a bootstrap Linux distribution, and then install VMware Server. I have several clients running several platforms, and I think this would decrease the overhead of re-installing a different OS every time I have a client with a new OS. So hereís what I want to do.

1. Install a bootstrap Linux installation to run VMware Server
2. Install VMware server
3. Install the VMware web administrator management interface

At this point I would like to create an image of the installed OS with the tools installed above. Is there any way I can create a disk image, and then move it to a bootable ISO I can use to write the image to the other 3 PCs? This was I can simply write the data I installed on the other hard drives without the need to configure the other 3 PC. Iím not too picky about my bootstrap distro, but Iíll probably either use Cent OS or Debian.

Thanks,
Todd
 
Old 07-31-2006, 09:11 AM   #2
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have a read of this to see if network image is the way to go

http://www.partimage.org/Partimage-manual_Usage

but I have never used it.

2) alternatively you could have a live cd with sufficient ram such as 1G...run knoppix with the toram option .....start partimage then eject the cd and load a cdr that contains your image file.

3) you do not mention if dvd...is available....but it should be possible to if (2) is not an option to make a bootable dvd based on dynebolic maybe to add files to your iso image b4 burning but I personally think that when you do an upgrade....its too much mucking around so option 1 or 2 is preferred?
 
  


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