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


.. setup a scripted install using your favourite distribution.
(It has hooks to do that, right?)

.. get PXE booting working)
(Your hardware PXE boots by default, right?)




adrian

On Mon, Apr 28, 2008, Alex Samad wrote:
> 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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