[olug] Cheap ghost alternative...

Jordan Fox vmifox at gmail.com
Tue Jun 8 15:09:19 UTC 2010

I've been looking for this site since the original email was posted,
but I guess I never bookmarked it.  The site is called Linux Links...
among other things, they post lists of software reviews for a given
topic.  I've found it very useful in the past, but haven't been there
in a while.  Once I found the link I conducted several searches until
I found this one.

disk cloning:
related... backups:

I know this is a bit late, but the site itself can be quite useful.

Hope this helps someone,

On Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 2:30 PM, Nate M. <nate at bluddclot.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 2010-06-02 at 09:18 -0500, T. J. Brumfield wrote:
>> I've used it. I found it a little confusing at first, but it really is a
>> great program. You can even set up a server and push images to multiple
>> boxes at once with it. It can also do compression of images, and unlike dd,
>> it will just image the used portions of partitions if you want.
>> -- T. J.
> Clonezilla is, basically, a bunch of perl scripts that are a front-end
> for Partimage, ntfsclone, and dd.
> It'll use partimage on fat and linux partitions, ntfsclone for ntfs file
> systems, and dd for systems it does not know and for making a copy of
> the master boot record.
> For my own purposes I just use a bootable USB drive that I have
> ntfsclone and partclone installed on.
> Basic operation goes like this...
> to clone:
> 1. use dd to make a copy of the first 512k or so of the master boot
> record.
>  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_boot_record
> 2. use partclone or ntfsclone to make a file system-aware copy of the
> partition. (this way you only copy what you've used
> And that's it. I'll use sshfs or samba to store it on a remote machine,
> or nc for transferring stuff over the network and that sort of thing.
> To restore:
> 1. use dd to write out master boot record to drive.
> 2. use 'sfdisk -R /dev/sda' (or whatever) to have the system re-read the
> new partition tables.
> 3. use ntfsclone or partclone to restore the file system image to the
> correct partition.
> That's about all you need to do. It's not really any different then what
> clonezilla will do for you. If you need to do more then one, then of
> course, automation is good, but I'd be nervous running a full-blown
> clonezilla server on a production network! It starts up to many insecure
> services to be trusted. The clonezilla live cd is probably better,
> though.
> The magic that allows you to drop one download onto many many machines
> simultaneously is 'Ethernet Multicasting'. For my personal uses I rarely
> need that sort of thing, however.
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