[clug] OS deployment server

Warren Gardner warrenjgardner at gmail.com
Thu Dec 15 19:30:34 MST 2011

Not being a computer person I'm not sure if what I'm about to say is
relevant, but:

I have been cloning my newish laptop with Clonezilla from within a Parted
Magic CD live boot. Both as seperate partitions (I'm dual nothing with
Ubuntu and that other one) and as a single image of the whole drive. I
store the images on an external hard drive.

I have successfully messed up my computer, and then successfully restored
everything with one of my clones.

Even if I clone the partitions it includes the hidden partitions for me.

How my images would work on a different computer I dunno.
 On Dec 15, 2011 7:19 AM, "Chris Smart" <clug at christophersmart.com> wrote:

> On 14/12/11 13:48, Mike Carden wrote:
> > Can anyone suggest a Linux or FOSS equivalent to that sort of Ghost
> > functionality?
> >
> I second the motion to use Clonezilla, which, while it can do lots of
> cool tricks, can also do simple things like create/restore images over
> over SSH. Using a simple laptop with Linux on it, you could roll out
> images quite easily on your disconnected networks.
> Something like this:
> * Build your base server the way you want it.
> * Connect your Linux laptop to the server and set an IP.
> * Boot Clonezilla live cd on the server.
> * Tell Clonezilla to create clone of disk -> image.
> * Location to store image is via SSH on laptop.
> * Begin.
> To roll out the image:
> * Simply connect the laptop to server.
> * Boot the Clonezilla image on server.
> * Restore from SSH on laptop.
> So simple, _anyone_ could do it - _and_ you can even script Clonezilla
> to do all that automatically (it will even tell you at the  end what
> command to run next time). Just download it and play, really, really
> easy (I've even shown your guys how to use it before).
> > So far my web searching seems to suggest that Spacewalk
> > [http://spacewalk.redhat.com/] *might* do what I want. Ideally it
> > would be great to hear from someone who has used something like this
> > recently.
> >
> Spacewalk is hefty but pretty good. It has support for Debian in there,
> but not sure how complete - useless for you anyway pretty much due to
> network architecture.
> Another option is CentOS with kickstarts and custom RPMs.
> -c
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