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Re: [SLE] Duplicating a Suse install
  • From: James Oakley <joakley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 10:54:04 -0300
  • Message-id: <200105011354.f41DsKj31425@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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On May 1, 2001 04:49 am, Gerhard den Hollander wrote:
> * Steven Hatfield <ashari@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> (Sun, Apr 29, 2001 at 06:51:55PM
> -0400)
>
> > > I have to install suse 7.1 on a bunch of machines.
> > > (all with same scsi driver, same video driver)
> > > I have installed one machine, and I would like some way to do the same
> > > install on a number of boxes.
> > >
> > > My current idea is to
> > > 1) Make a bootable CD (sort like Suse rescue CD) with perl and some
> > > other nifty stuff .
> > > 2) make tarballs of my current install and stick them on (a bunch of)
> > > CDs 3) boot from CD1) run the install script which will
> > > - format harddrive(s)
> > > - mkreiserfs on hda5 hda6
> > > - untar tarrballs from CD2 - > cd99
> > >
> > > Now my main question is:
> > > - How do I make a CD1 (or more to the point, how do I make such a
> > > bootable iso image ?
>
> [8<]
>
> > that you already have set up just like you want, why not ghost the hard
> > drive of the first machine onto the hard drives of the other machines?
> > All it would take, if I'm not mistaken, is to place the hard drives of
> > the other machines into the /dev/hdb position
>
> This would probbaly work, if it weren';t for the fact that some of the
> machines are in offices at the other end of the world ;)

If you 'dd' the partitions, will they fit on a cd? That's easier and faster
than using tarballs, especially because the filesystems will be intact. You
won't have to do any formatting. You can probably span over CDs as well, but
it's easiest not to split single partitions. You can dispense with the
bootable CD and use a floppy disk, too. I've made bootable CDs before a
looong time ago and it was a PITA.

Nowadays I clone boxes with SystemImager at http://www.systemimager.org

I find using it over a 100MB network is much quicker than using CDs. I was
thinking of making bootable SystemImager CDs that quickly set up a server,
from which multiple computers can be imaged simultaneously. Stick it on a
laptop and it's portable.

- --
James Oakley
Engineering - SolutionInc Ltd.
joakley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
http://www.solutioninc.com
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