Creating an almost identical copy, for example of a computer installation or a hard disk.

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Clone a VirtualBox VDI to make a second DRBD node

A primary node has been built up in a VirtualBox (guest RHEL 6 + DRBD). In order to get a second node with the same configuration, a VirtualBox cloning operation seems ideal easiness declare the ...
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Is HD, SSD or SD card cloning a good practice?

Cloning is very convenient if multiple identical systems need to be created. But I have the following concern. As far as I know during formatting of file system and even during it's use a bad disk ...
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how to clone a VM on LVM to another in KVM?

On a Debian wheezy i installed KVM for virtualization and install some VMs on it. I use separate LVM disks because of its performance for my VMs disk. Now i need to clone one of them in new LVM disk. ...
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Upgrade Hard Drive - Keep domain membership?

If I upgrade my laptop hard disk by cloning it to an SSD with PartedMagic will my computer fall out of the domain to which it is a currently a member? Doing some Google searching and it doesn't look ...
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Cloning options for workstations [closed]

So far I have not used cloning as an option for new computers, but now I have a problem because i need to install about 50 computers with the same setting and installed programs. How do you ...
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Virtualizing a Windows VPS

We have a Windows 2008 Server VPS which we have outgrown, and the host is no longer allowing upgrades to VPS resources. They used to offer a backup product for the VPS, but have discontinued it, along ...
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Cloning OpenVZ container

I have an OpenVZ container on 1 host and I would like to clone it over to my server. both run SolusVM. I only have root access to my server and would like to host the container on my server now. Can ...
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Why did cloning my Amazon EC2 node set off automatically generating a new ssh host key pair?

My normal backup process is to create a new AMI from an EC2 instance I have running Amazon's linux. This is convenient because the EC2 console automatically shuts down the node , makes a copy and ...
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How to create multiple clones of a VM in KVM/libvirt?

I (will) have a VM in libvirt (using QEMU/KVM) that I will set up and consider the "gold master". I would then like to be able to clone it 'n' times to create multiple systems. What is the best way to ...
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Mirroring Server Setup

My boss has purchased 4 Mac mini servers, and I was wondering if anyone knew if there was a way to mirror their installations, meaning whatever is installed on one can be mirrored to the rest. I was ...
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ddrescue - cloning a device

I am running the following command [root@localhost ~]# ddrescue -vf /dev/sdf /dev/sdg rescue.log Do I need to do anything else after that to make the drive bootable? One place said I should do a ...
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Using dd command and running out of space while cloning drive to img

I have a problem with drive cloning. Im using dd on damaged disk with bad sectors trying to make an image from it. Im booting computer with Live Linux CD . Damaged disk: sda 146GB (NTFS) External ...
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systemimager and sun grid engine queuing system

I'm about to install our new cluster. I've installed the first node and used it for golden-image. As a queuing software we use SGE (Sun Grid Engine). After installing of the first node I tested ...
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Removing a cloned virtual machine from an AD domain

Scenario: we're in the process of setting up central virtualised server that acts as a demonstration environment. This VM (running Windows 7) will be cloned and put on sales laptops so demonstrations ...
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How to clone a Linux server on EC2

Hi have a linux server on EC2 and I created a snapshot from that server, the the snapshot has been used to create an AMI, then I created an instance from the AMI. I always get a file system error, ...
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Can I “clone” Hyper-V VM's to a physical hard drive then use it in a real PC?

I have Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V. Can I create a Virtual Machine, install Ubuntu 11.10, then "clone" it to a real physical hard drive for use as a real OS in a physical PC?
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How to clone pfsense 2.0 (FreeBSD) server for backup?

I'd like to routinely clone my live pfSense 2.0 server for backup purposes. I am a FreeBSD n00b. What I'm doing now: 1. Manually install pfSense to an identical hardware 2. Backup config file from ...
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If I have /generalize arg, will that remove settings placed in Specialize phase?

I am currently working on .xmls for imaging on mass deployment. I want to do an unattended join to the domain and also get the drivers in the audit (sysprep) phase. But when I go from audit to OOBE, ...
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Cloning a machine after SQL Server 2008 R2 Express installation

We're rolling out laptops to some of our staff that will require SQL Server 2008 R2 Express be installed. We'd naturally prefer to do the setup of the laptops (including the installation SQL Express) ...
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Cloning a guest KVM instance with with a new IP address

I had an Ubuntu 10.4 VM running on another Ubuntu KVM host. I'd like to clone this VM but with a new IP address? I know that I would have to stop my VM, clone it, somehow give it a new IP address and ...
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Cloning & resizing Server 2003 partitions with gparted, some questions

Ok, so the situation I have is this. I've got a couple of Dell PowerEdge 2950's that are running out of drive space on the boot volume, they have a perc 5/i hardware Raid Controller. I've bought 4 ...
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Converting a physical Windows 98 machine to a Virtual machine

I need to convert a physical Windows 98 laptop to a virtual machine. I need to do this because I need to migrate an old application which still is used, and cannot run natively on Windows 7. Any ...
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What options do I have to clone a physical server as easily as a virtual machine?

We use virtual machines a great deal at my company, Hyper-V mainly but we have also dabbled with ESXi plus vCenter. Besides the traditional advantage of being able to consolidate many physical ...
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Move and clone VirtualBox machines with filesystem commands

I know of 2 ways to clone a VirtualBox machine on a linux host, one is by using the VirtualBox gui and exporting and re-importing as appliance (in the file menu of VirtualBox). The other is by ...
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What's the best way to store an image?

I am attempting to create my own one-off imaging utility based on fedora and I have one main question. The utility (well, in theory) will save a raw image of the machine to a network storage ...
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What else to change or standardize in cloning Linux as Virtual Machine?

What would be the thing to consider in making multiple copies of Linux as VM ? in Windows i know there is sysprep to generate random SSID and make it unique copy. Can anyone share it here please ? ...
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Cloning fedora 13 across multiple machines

I want to Install the same mirror of fedora across multiple desktops, are there any cloning tools available for this.
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automate server setup with source builds

I have a centOS5.4 server set that I have a "build script" for. The server runs as a webserver that runs apache+PHP for our proprietary app. The build script, basically does a kickstart installation ...
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How do I restore to a delta file (disk) on Vmware ESXi

Using VMware Server ESXi (freebie version) I have a Virtual Machine (win 2k3 r2 server). When I first provisioned it I took a snapshot of it. I recently tried to clone the primary drive using my ...
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What does sysprep with the generalize option do on Windows Server 2008 R2?

I want to create a template of Windows Server 2008 R2 for virtualization. Therefore I use the sysprep tool by Microsoft. This works fine. I just wonder what the generalize option is good for. Thanks
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Best Server Ghost-Like Tool For Windows

I'm looking for advice on which tool we should use to clone servers. In the short term, we will be cloning identical hardware but in the long run we may want to create one image and replicate that on ...
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When trying to copy a virtual disk in VMware vSphere client, I get an errror

I'm pretty new to all the VMware world, so this is probably mainly a question about the right set of documentation to look at. I'm trying to clone/copy a VM that I installed on an ESXi installation. ...
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VM guest cloning

I am able to make a copy of my existing VM guest folder and another folder on my datasource (trying to clone this vm to a new vm). However, I can't seem to add a way to add it to the inventory so that ...
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Quick and clean ways to clone virtual machines

I have 2 hypervisors running. One is an ESXi 4, the other one a Hyper-V 2008 R2. My question is: What is the cleanest and easiest way to clone a machine under each hypervisor without using any ...
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VMWare clients: replace an existing server with a clone

Consider two Win2k3 servers: SRV01 and SRV02. These two servers perform the same function in the domain, and have the same software installed. SRV01 runs without issue. SRV02 has problems problems ...
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VMware Converter: Can one skip empty space in block-level cloning mode?

Many people recommend block-level cloning over file-level cloning - besides various reasons - mainly because of its superior speed advantage. And true: Data transfer rates are about 50-75% percent ...
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Sysprep without audit mode?

In preparing a (windows 7) machine for cloning, does one need to run it in audit mode before installing/customising? I have a customised machine I would like to sysprep and clone, without having to ...
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Scripted install vs cloning

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 ...
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Windows XP environment that is reproducable

I want to set up a Windows XP environment that can be copied directly with the following properties: Same programs/settings installed on all of the instances Only things differing are necessary ...
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Using Clonezilla Server Edition with multiple multicast restore operations

I run a computer refurbishing operation for a local non-profit I am a part of. I have been looking into using Clonezilla to do network-based image-restoration. I am very interested in the multicast ...
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Blocking rm -rf for application

I have application which during run-time generates interesting intermediate outputs to ./tmp directory. At the end of execution this directory is deleted. How can i preserve contents of it? I do not ...
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Cloning Windows SBS 2003 to different machines (with different hardware configurations)

I'd like to save time and clone an existing Win 2k3 server to new hardware. Is this possible / advisable? Thanks
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VMware — clone -vs- templating a gold master server

I'm a little confused. I have just completed making a "gold" master VM server that I'll be using for making new servers. To make new servers based on this gold master.... Should I simply clone the ...
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Cloning linux to different machines (with different hardware configurations)

Let's say i have already configured linux system which i would like to clone from machine it's on to other machines which aren't similar - don't have the same hardware, etc. How do i achieve this? I ...
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Are there any known issues with NewSID and Windows 2008 server? [duplicate]

We have a scenario where it's not possible for us to use Sysprep with Windows 2008. Has anyone had any issues using NewSID to generate new SID's on cloned Windows 2008 images? Update: According to ...
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Migration of Virtual Machines using SCVMM error 1612

The situation is as follows: I have installed SCVMM on our Windows Server 2008. I can create VMs fine, use them, etc. Everything works fine with the VMs themselves. However, if I decide to do the ...
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IIS 6 SSL breaks after VMware clone with customization

I have a template Win2k3 machine with IIS 6 installed with a valid SSL certificate. The https site works perfectly. However, after cloning this machine from Virtual Center and applying a unique SID ...
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How can I uprade my software RAID1 set of drives?

I've got two 600GB drives in a software RAID1 setup on a physical Debian server. I want to be able to upgrade the capacity of the server by cloning the drives to a matching pair of 2TB drives. I can ...