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Acronis has some good products. We have been using their backup and restore products with success for about a year. I believe they have a product just for cloning but their backup and restore software can also be used as a cloning tool. Edit: Acronis has a trial period where you can try their products for a month. This really sold us because we were ...


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From : Sysprep Command-Line Syntax /generalize Prepares the Windows installation to be imaged. If this option is specified, all unique system information is removed from the Windows installation. The security ID (SID) resets, any system restore points are cleared, and event logs are deleted. The next time the computer starts, the specialize ...


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Nobody's mentioned Clonezilla? It has a pretty bad UI, but is very flexible once you get used to it. Google it and you'll find some tutorials on its use. I use it mainly because of its 'smart cloning' option (granted, other tools have that), and the when is backups or VM images I want to make 'real'.


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You should be able to mount your CloneZilla image to extract files from it. See instructions here. Prepare a large disk in Linux Say if your image is /home/partimag/YOURIMAGE/, and the image is /home/partimag/YOURIMAGE/hda1.ntfs-img.aa, hda1.ntfs-img.ab... run file /home/partimag/YOURIMAGE/hda1.ntfs-img.aa to see it's gzip, bzip or lzop ...


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Alternatively you can use 'rsync' to transfer just the files you need, drop that onto a Linux system located at your home, fix up things like the Master Boot Record (MBR) which will not be correctly transferred and then fire it up under a virtualization technology. You will be looking for something like; rsync -vaHPS --numeric-ids --exclude=/proc ...


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I use dd. In the Windows world, you can get dd by installing Cygwin. What dd does is allow sector-by-sector copying of a disk device to, say, an image file. Example usage: dd if=/dev/sda1 of=diskimage.img bs=1M This copies from the first partition of the first hard drive to a file called diskimage.img, one megabyte at a time. (The Cygwin documentation ...


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Deleting a file does not actually delete the file, it reduces the number of names pointing to an inode. If both the number of names and the number of open file descriptors to the file reach 0, the data gets deleted. So if you delete a file that's still open by some application, that application can still happily use that file. Only when the last file ...


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What happens here is for acronis and almost all backup software is the use of the volume shadow service. Various applications like SQL and exchange server have their own VSS writer as well. http://blog.macrium.com/2012/11/backup-internals-what-is-vss-how-does-it-work-and-why-do-we-use-it/ has a pretty good overview of how it works. Basically acronis will ...


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From your Fiddler trace it appears that you're serving your pages using the built-in Visual Studio web server: Server: ASP.NET Development Server/10.0.0.0 If this was being served by IIS7 then we'd see: Server: Microsoft-IIS/7.5 The built-in Visual Studio web server only has a limited set of mime-types it can serve and has no knowledge of mime types ...


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No, you don't need to. Imagex.exe creates a WIM file which is a file-based disk image. It's not a disk clone so it won't take into account the way the disk space is used or where the free space is. Same goes for applying the image to a machine - I doubt you would need to defrag. On the flip side, defragging is definitely recommended when capturing block ...


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No. Just No. You don't store images in a database. Images are files. Do not store files in a database. (Source: My blog post, I wrote in 2012) Databases are for storing data. Filesystems are for storing files. Store files in a filesystem.


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I would start off first with figuring out what business objectives you hope to achieve. The example of disaster recovery is a good one. What happens if a user is storing files locally that aren't backed up? There is probably a cost there...if it is a document that took them weeks to make, there is a clear cost to the company. So come up with a list of ...


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Try using Virtual Floppy Drive to virtually mount the floppy image. Then you should be able to access it. EDIT: Considering the UFS file, you have the capabilities to do this in a linux/unix environment using loop devices. I found some instructions on this in the BOCHS user manual and here is the losetup man page for Unix. Good luck, and I hope that ...


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dd and dd_rescue. See also, this question: Using DD for disk cloning


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Add a -v for ASCII art: michael@challenger:~> ssh-keygen -lf /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key.pub -v 1024 8a:84:4e:34:60:9c:64:94:d0:29:0b:75:82:60:2c:89 /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key.pub (RSA) +--[ RSA 1024]----+ |%@=.. | |E*oo | |ooo | |.. o | | o . S | | o . . . | | . . . | | ...


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Think about this... You need some way to track history in order to provide an input to the CLI-generated graphs. This is where something like RRDTool helps. There are tools like collectl that will collect data and organize it for another graphing utility. There are pretty solutions like NewRelic that aren't CLI-based, but provide some better insight into ...


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There are Machine SIDs, Service SIDs, Domain SIDs, and User SIDs. NewSID and sysprep /generalize only reset Machine SIDs. Yes, those are the same Machine SIDs, and yes, sysprep changes the Machine SID after deployment. However, changing Machine SIDs is not necessary. According to this blog entry on TechNet by Mark Russinovich: So is having multiple ...


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When you delete a file that has an open file descriptor, it's not actually deleted until the file descriptor is closed. You can probably find that file using lsof | grep deleted command. Try this if you want to undelete the file: http://www.serverwatch.com/tutorials/article.php/3822816/Recovering-Deleted-Files-With-lsof.htm


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We used KVM's while imaging systems before deploying to classrooms without problem. The only thing that might cause an issue, depending on the hardware you're using, is detecting video if it reboots, but in that case you just tell it what to use when you get it hooked up to the final monitor or change settings later.


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So mobile app.. chances are you'd never notice a 40ms ping difference. I'm a creator for photoblog.com and we did our own image servers before s3 was around. It was a pain for these reasons scaling out.. need more disk backups By the time you deal with backups its well cheaper to go with a cloud option. Whenever we ran out of space on one server we'd ...


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You cannot create a file greater than 4GiB (2^32-1 bytes) on FAT32 partition, period. So if you want to use that image file with some VM software, you are probably out of luck, as I known no VMs which can work around limitations of braindead filesystems. But if you are just trying to store the image there temporarily, you can create it with dd by 4GiB ...


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See this post for instructions for how to take stuff that's on a bootable DVD and placing it on a USB drive that's bootable. A USB Thumbdrive is just a hard drive, and if it's got the right boot files and the BIOS supports booting from an external USB hard drive it will work fine. To understand what makes a CD or DVD drive bootable see this post on the El ...


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The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 Update 1 does all this and more. And it's free too! MDT 2008 will also solve a number other problems you might have. MDT 2008 includes a mmc console, a customised WinPE build environment and many very useful scripts. From it's 'imagex' wrapper gui it can (via lite touch or zero touch, smb share, pxeboot or media): ...


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I'd recommend installing ImageMagick -- it's probably available through your package manager of choice. It comes with a myriad of command-line tools to process images. The one you want is convert, which can be used to transform images (or any of it's other supported formats) via convert $INPUT_IMAGE -monochrome -compress fax $OUTPUT_TIF You can then take ...


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I like g4u and FOG. g4u is more of a standalone system for single (or just a few) machines. FOG is really a complete replacement for a ghost system and is really intended for large environments.


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My personal choice is PING (Partimage Is Not Ghost) as I've used it considerably at work and at home, with much success. We've got base images for our most common machine models. 1.5 - 2 Hour builds down to 25-30mins depending on the machine. So far I've only tried backing up to another partition or a USB drive, though it does support backing up to a ...


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Taken from this article: There are some limitations. As pointed out earlier, Clonezilla can't restore an image to a drive that is smaller than the original drive. It also doesn't allow for retrieving specific files in an image, it's the whole partition or nothing. Since the Linux way is pretty much a lucky hack, I'd wait until this feature ...


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IMO, the best way to go is unattended installation. Here's a link to a guide for Windows XP. An unattended install requires some care and feeding, but it makes it easy to provide driver support for just about anything... we've been using this method from 2004 to 2009 and went from > 100 traditional Ghost images to a single image. Our current approach is ...


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As a junior admin I can only hope you learn too much from those senior admins. If they do this annually why don't they already have images? Please, for your own sake and sanity, find somewhere else to work. As for the actual question about imagine, there are quite a few products that will do what you want, provided they support the specific drive and/or ...


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Having done (almost) exactly this for several years on my laptop (I never replaced my Windows install with a fresh one, though), here are some comments I have: This should work just fine. Linux has no problem living on a single partition, I did it all the time with my small experimental install which in my case was Ubuntu as I run a Redhat Enterprise ...



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