Cloning a Dell Poweredge 1850

Robin Bowes robin-lists at robinbowes.com
Fri Jul 16 04:14:47 CDT 2010


On 16/07/10 05:45, TCPWave Customer Care wrote:
> Hi
> 
> What's the best way to clone a Centos installation? I have a bunch of
> things that I have customized and I want to simplify the rollout to a
> few 1850s. The current server uses a hardware based RAID1. Disk swapping
> takes way too long and its not practical if the server is in another
> state.
> 
> I am thinking of creating a DVD/usb which would install my OS Image -
> did anyone do this?
> 
> I do have an option of installing the OS and restoring my customizations
> via a tar ball...trying to find a better way than this.

Look into cobbler [1] and puppet [2].

cobbler will let you PXE boot your machines and do the initial install +
customisations. You may also find puppet useful for ongoing
configuration management.

R.

[1] https://fedorahosted.org/cobbler/
[2] http://www.puppetlabs.com/puppet/introduction/



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