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My preference is Slysoft Virtual Clone Drive. It's great because: you can mount/dismount by right-clicking on the drive the drive remembers what has been mounted before you can mount an iso by right-clicking the ISO itself. No issues with device driver signing, etc. I dumped Daemon Tools a while ago. Using it on Win7 7100 64 bit with no problem. Feels ...


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I would prefer the free (for non-commercial purposes) version of Daemon Tools Lite. Some other tools (merged from the other answers): Virtual Clone Drive Magic ISO Microsoft Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel Gizmo Drive


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Linux has a loopback device which lets you mount files that contain a filesystem on them. This will work for images of partitions (i.e. an ext3 backup image) but also works for cdrom images as well. This command allows you to mount an iso image. In order of this to work, /mnt/disk must already exist: mount -o loop disk.iso /mnt/disk The -o switch is for ...


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I have done this only recently - works really well. I have an 8GB usb key with several ISO images on it. When I boot from the key, I get to choose which ISO to boot from. Pretty damn cool. This is all courtesy of GRUB. Instructions here: http://themudcrab.com/acronis_grub4dos.php In the example it is showing how to boot a single Acronis recovery ISO, but ...


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By far the best free ISO mounting tool out there is Pismo file mount. Some highlights: Works great on Windows Vista/7 x64 (not natively x64 but completely compatible) Drives only exist when an ISO is mounted and are removed when there is no ISO mounted Small memory footprint Has simple minimalist right click shell integration Unattended installation No ...


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CDBurner XP usually suffice for casual tasks but it's not that light (it's featherweight near Nero though) MagicISO is tiny; I use it for ISO mounting and ripping, but it can also do regular burns


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Are you even sure if the ISO image will work on a USB device? Some ISOs which will boot if they are on a CD/DVD will not actually boot from a USB device. Assuming the ISO you want has has a bootloader that will work, then it should be as simple as dd if=filename.iso of=/dev/usbdevice but this will replace anything that is currently on the USB disk. If ...


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For copying CDs then both are fine although I generally expliciatlly set the block size by doing dd if=/dev/cdrom of=cdrom.iso bs=512 For other block devices then cp might not work if the block size on the device is unexpected. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dd_(Unix) Note that an attempt to copy the entire disk image using cp may omit the final ...


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I have used Virtual Clone drives for a very long time but one application that made me change is: Pismo File Mount Audit Package. Quoting from their website Pismo File Mount Audit Package is a Windows application that allows users to mount the contents of ZIP, ISO, Compact ISO, Compact File Set and Private Folder files to the file system as virtual ...


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I use MagicDisc from MagicISO, besides its free, it works on Vista X64 EDIT: Ok, yes also Virtual Clone Drive is a cool tool, I used it when I was on x86, but at the time I made the change it didn't support x64 and now it does...


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Is the system running an existing version of Windows? Then you should just be able to extract the contents of the iso (say with winrar or virtual clone drive) to another partition and run the setup.exe. Here's a guide.


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For 64-Bit there is only two that I use. The first is Daemon Tools Lite. It's a tray icon application that allows you to mount an ISO by double clicking and fully 64-Bit. Since I have never really minded having a drive letter waiting I am not sure if you can make it create a drive on the fly however. Since Windows 7 I have been using MagicISO. It's Windows ...


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I know you can do this in UNetbootin gui. I haven't tried it myself, but it looks like you can do it by command-line, as well: http://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/unetbootin/wiki/commands unetbootin method=diskimage isofile="my.iso" installtype=USB targetdrive=/dev/sdc1


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I've got an isovfy utility. From the man page: isovfy is a utility to verify the integrity of an iso9660 image. Most of the tests in isovfy were added after bugs were discovered in early versions of mkisofs. It isn't all that clear how useful this is anymore, but it doesn't hurt to have this around. Maybe that will help?


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You can use anywhere your client can access. I keep an external hard drive for my laptop that contains duplicates of all my installers. Network locations work as well but it generally slows down the install process (share -> client -> server). This is done with the same icon used to connect a datastore ISO. I believe that the client needs to be run with ...


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Specify the details of the mirror and/or proxy in the preseed file. All of the possible preseed values you can use should be provided in the manual for the Ubuntu version you're using, but the keys you're interested in are probably mirror/http/proxy and/or mirror/http/hostname.


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Volume ID is always stored at offset 0x8028 as 32 byte ASCII string. Edit it in place. #!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; die "Use: $0 <iso_file> <new volume id>\n" unless @ARGV == 2; open my $file, "+<", $ARGV[0] or die "Cannot open: $!"; seek $file, 0x8028,0; printf $file "%-32.32s", uc($ARGV[1]); Test - (isovolid.pl is a name of ...


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I think you have multiple things going on here. You'll never be able to boot a non-x86/x64 operating system in VMware Workstation. It isn't a CPU emulation environment, but rather a virtualization environment for the host CPU. That having been said, it sounds like you've taken an image of a partition and turned that into a disk image. The VMWare ...


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It's not trivially possible to split an bootable DVD into multiple CDs, as the installation program(s) will expect all of the installation media to be coming from a single source. To support multiple sources the installation program would need modifying to know how the media is distributed across the CDs and prompt you to insert the correct one at each ...


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Just mount the ISO with VCD control panel or Daemon tools, or something similar, then run the service pack installer from the mounted ISO.


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I have used CDBurnerXP for quite some time and it has always done it's job for me and it does all of the things that you describe. When you're used to Nero, CDBurnerXP will feel a lot lighter. In short: Lightweight? Yes. Ability to burn data CD/DVD? Yes. Ability to burn audio CD? Yes. Ability to burn ISO images? Yes. Small? The installer is 3.1 MB, so I ...


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The steps below show how to use the Disk Utility functionality. (Copied from Life Hacker). Launch Disk Utility (Applications > Utilities). Insert your blank DVD or CD. Drag and drop your .dmg or .iso file to the left pane in Disk Utility. Now both the blank disk and the .iso/.dmg should be listed. Select the .iso/.dmg file you want to burn to disc, and ...


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I don't know FOG, but it should work just fine if the image can boot from NFS (which is probably going to be the sticking point for the rolled releases like pfSense). You should be able to follow the basic instructions in the handbook and get it working. I'd also consider just running a virtual machine to test these things out. QEmu runs great on fBSD. ...


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I use CentOS, but the easiest way I've found to configure a system via kickstart is to install and configure a system the way I want it to be, then look at /root/anaconda-ks.cfg. That file is a kickstart the install you just did. I assume that Scientific has this file as well. Once you have that file, I've found it much easier to modify (add/remove) what I ...


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Use AVFS to access the contents of the tar archive as if it was a directory. AVFS is a virtual filesystem built on FUSE. Point your favorite ISO builder to the directory inside the tar archive. mountavfs cd ~/.avfs/path/to/archive.tar\# genisoimage -o /path/to/iso .


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From Linux there's a very easy way to create a bootable memory stick from an ISO image -- and this should work for any OS. Assuming the memory stick is /dev/sdb and the image is /home/username/Downloads/system.iso. Just do this (as root): dd if=/home/username/Downloads/system.iso of=/dev/sdb Much easer than unetbootin or any other method I've heard of. ...


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Use the joliet extension and you should get the real filenames. mkisofs -J -o cd_image.iso /directory From wikipedia: Joliet is the name of an extension to the ISO 9660 file system. It has been specified and endorsed by Microsoft and has been supported by all versions of its Windows OS since Windows 95 and Windows NT[citation needed]. Its primary ...


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I think FOG ( http://www.fogproject.org ) meets your requirements, boots over the network, restores images from a central repository. Currently trying to transition to it from PXE booted Norton Ghost here. You might also take a look at Clonezilla - http://clonezilla.org


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If you need to mount from the guest, then I would recommend Virtual CloneDirve. It works with server 2008. Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD drive, however it exists only virtually. http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html


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Some legacy application might not like it, but you should definitely use UTF-8 for new installations. for converting files (the contents) you can use iconv(1) for converting filenames you can use convmv(1) Other special applications (application generated data) might require other considerations.



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