Linked by Jesse Smith on Wed 24th Mar 2010 15:47 UTC
General Development When you spend a lot of time looking at different Linux distributions you get used to reading the phrase, "... is a general purpose operating system with a focus toward..." Sometimes it's a focus toward ease of use, sometimes it's a focus toward improved package management, other times it's security. There are a lot of general purpose Linux distributions out there, which is good, but one thing I love about Linux is its ability to fill a niche. For instance, it would be difficult for me to get through a work week without having tools such as GParted Live, for partition management; Knoppix, for hardware detection; and Clonezilla, for saving and restoring disk images. This past week I had a chance to talk with Steven Shiau, one of the developers behind Clonezilla.
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Good tools for free
by Gone fishing on Wed 24th Mar 2010 16:18 UTC
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One of my favourites is parted magic some really useful tools, the ntfs tools for instance make deploying Windows boxes so much quicker and easier.

In the past I bought tools of half the utility.

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by l3v1 on Wed 24th Mar 2010 16:32 UTC
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nuff said

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RE: SystemRescueCd
by l3v1 on Wed 24th Mar 2010 16:34 UTC in reply to "SystemRescueCd"
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Well, ok, give credit where it's due: "It took only about 10 minutes to clone a 5.6 GBytes system image to all 41 computers via multicasting!"


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RE[2]: SystemRescueCd
by Sodki on Wed 24th Mar 2010 16:39 UTC in reply to "RE: SystemRescueCd"
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With UDPCast I used to take 25 minutes to clone a 60 GB hard drive to 80 computers. Thats nice and I really recommend UDPCast.

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This summary from the FOG page is misleading... they support Linux too, just not LVM partitions due to a limitation in partimage

"Fog is a Linux-based, free and open source computer imaging solution for Windows XP and Vista that ties together a few open-source tools with a php-based web interface. Fog doesn't use any boot disks, or CDs; everything is done via TFTP and PXE. Also with fog many drivers are built into the kernel, so you don't really need to worry about drivers (unless there isn't a linux kernel module for it). Fog also supports putting an image that came from a computer with a 80GB partition onto a machine with a 40GB hard drive as long as the data is less than 40GB."

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by wanker90210 on Wed 24th Mar 2010 17:28 UTC
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If I'd like to clone to a ssd drive and not touch every single block on the destination drive, is this the thing for me?

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RE: ssd
by jessesmith on Wed 24th Mar 2010 19:06 UTC in reply to "ssd"
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You could partition your ssd drive and clone a partition form one disk to the partition of your ssd. Or, depending on your needs, you might try creating a loopback device and saving it on your ssd drive.

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Clonezilla rulez
by csynt on Wed 24th Mar 2010 20:27 UTC
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I use it to backup/clone the HD of my laptop (Vista, eComstation, OpenSolaris)

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by RIchard James13 on Thu 25th Mar 2010 08:34 UTC
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Clonzilla website bookmarked for the day I need this.

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Thank You
by dougsk on Sat 27th Mar 2010 05:01 UTC
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It turns out I can multicast the images WAY faster than the machines themselves can even hope to be packaged. Woot.

The shippers hate you, but I love the product! I can currently image 95 machines at a whack, completion time: 21 minutes.

You guys rock! Thanks so much.

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