File Compression methods

Nicholas Leippe nick at
Sat Oct 12 16:23:37 MDT 2013

How much of the 600GB is required by each user, each time they sit down and
log in to one of these cloned machines?

If it's typical--they only need the basic libs, shell, and dm--I would
think NFS would be a great solution for this.
You might consider using NFS with unionfs/aufs layered on top to store
differences locally.

Also, if you segregate the data by partition, only clone the root fs
initially (for booting), you could NFS share the data so it's transferred
on-demand (or if you must, clone it too, but doing that separately from the
OS lets you do it at a later time and/or via a different mechanism even if
you want).

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