shadoi at nanovoid.com
Wed Oct 11 12:49:48 MDT 2006
On Oct 11, 2006, at 9:47 AM, Kimball Larsen wrote:
> Ok, so I think this has been asked here before, but I'm too lazy to
> dig through the archives:
> What solutions do you use for cloning a lot of computers at once?
> Historically, I have used Ghost, G4U, and G4L, all of which have
> worked well, but recently the hardware configuration to which I'm
> cloning has changed just enough to kill performance for G4U and G4L
> (I'm using DDR2 memory, and the kernels included with these 2
> projects don't like it much.. ) so I'm searching for a Better Way™.
> How about some sort of network boot solution that just pops up a
> menu of which image I'd like to slam on the box? That would be
> cool. :)
Altiris Deployment Server does exactly this, it supports Linux in
addition to Windows, if shelling out some cash is a viable option for
you. It's possible to homebrew your own, in the dark ages I used dd/
netcat + a bootp enabled DHCP server to achieve similar results.
These days, I use a PXE enabled DHCP server + KickStart for RedHat,
and FAI for Debian. We're in the process of scaling back what we do
with these scripted installers to the bare minimum and using Puppet
 to automate all the management of our systems. (It makes me
giddy to think about it being complete!)
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