On 24 Oct 2002, Ken Foskey wrote:
> I have five computers exactly the same and I want to install them
> exactly alike. Can someone give me the simple rsync command to
> install from one computer to another the exact setup of the working
In the past I have done this by placing a disk with the desired configuration onto the second IDE channel and booting off a floppy disk with tomsrtbt (a tiny linux distribution)
Then I run 'dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/hdc bs=8M' to copy the data (Using 8MB blocks seemed to give the best performance, but YMMV)
After this is complete, remove the source hard drive, boot up and change the hostname.
There are probably more elegant solutions that don't involve using a screwdriver, but this one worked for me.
tomsrtbt is available at http://www.toms.net/rb/