[OT] System Imaging

Scott_Purcell at Dell.com Scott_Purcell at Dell.com
Tue Mar 27 08:06:55 CST 2007

Another to consider is http://clonezilla.sourceforge.net/.  Funny, I
stumbled on this just last night and noted it. Haven't tried it, but it
looks like it has potential.  The site describes a number of advantages
(at least as perceived by the authors) it has over some of the other
tools discussed in this thread.

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On Tue, March 27, 2007 04:18, Peter Kjellstrom wrote:
> On Tuesday 27 March 2007, Jesse Proudman wrote:
>> I have a particular install of RedHat that I want to store as an 
>> image and copy to new servers we deploy.  I've got a PXE boot server,

>> and that's been working to install over the network, but is there a 
>> way that I can do a disk format and then copy a disk image without 
>> having to do a full install?
> People typicall go about this in one of two ways:
> 1) image based, like systemimager or dolly.
>  si: http://www.systemimager.org
>  dolly: http://www.cs.inf.ethz.ch/CoPs/patagonia/dolly.html
> 2) automated installs (like kickstart, autoyast, etc.)
> Interpreting your post I'd say start with systemimager.

And I'd say start with g4l.  But tastes vary.


Have had great success with this.  One particular thing to note is that
zeroing empty space will have a huge impact on the compressed image size
and time required for image/restore.  There's plenty of info about this
in the g4l project pages and iso.

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