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Re: [SLUG] Easy way to duplicate a setup?

On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 12:51:47PM +1000, DaZZa wrote:
> OK guru's. :-)
> I'm in a situation where I need to duplicate on a mass basis - to the
> order or 3000-5000 units - a Linux setup off a headless box.
> All the destination boxes will be identical in specification, and the
> same as the original. At this point (trial - only 15 to do), I've made
> an image of the disk using DD to a USB attached drive - which works,
> and gets the new boxes working, but takes 3+ hours to dump the image
> back to the new boxes.
> 3+ hours over 5000 machines is not really acceptable. :-)
> Is there a better way to do this? Something which will make a smaller
> image and dump back quicker - most of the disk is empty, there's only
> about 15 gig of actual data/setup on a 160 gig drive - and still
> maintain the partition setup/bootability like using DD does?
> Willing to listen to anyone who has a cluestick and is willing to apply it.
buy a disk duplicating enclose (or hardware raid/swraid ) and use it to
duplicate drives  
> Thanks.
> DaZZa
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