What are the downside of cloning vs scripted installation (using Kick-start / Puppet)?
I read a lot of pro-scripted install opinion, where cloning is considered as unreliable method due to ever changing hardware.
In my case the hardware is pretty unified as we use same vendor, and even if it changes, the effort to adapt the cloned image settings (I use SystemImager), wasn't very difficult.
It also much faster, and takes about 5 minutes vs 20 - 30 of scripted installation (without local mirror of course), and is able to capture minor bits which quite difficult to script (MySQL DB securing for example).
But still the cloning gets a lot of flack from what I read, so can anyone share his opinion and experience on this, and if it's worth for me to change our deployment infrastructure to script installation?
Thanks in advance!