[CentOS] cloning a server

Fri Jan 21 04:13:08 UTC 2011
Paul A <razor at meganet.net>

I was looking into this, creating my own rpms and using kickstart. Thanks for all the info guys.  


Spiro Harvey <spiro at knossos.net.nz> wrote:

>> Basically I want to clone this server and make it easy to install on
>> another similar hardware server without having to install centos and
>> then manually installing/configuring dovecot/postfix/mysql etc. Not
>> sure if I can create a bootable ISO that will install on new servers
>> or what my options are. I would appreciate any suggestions. 
>We use Kickstart. 
>You can build a customised Kisckstart script to install anything you
>want. Just put custom config files accessible off a web server, and you
>can just copy those over as part of the setup. Or package them up into
>your own RPMs and run your own repo. In fact, if you're doing several
>of these, it's probably recommended to run your own repo with the base
>and updates for speed and bandwidth savings.
>You can have kickststart run a "yum update" so each box will have the
>latest updates as at install time.
>Your boot CD or flash stick can auto-boot the kickstart files, so all
>you have to do is insert the media and turn the box on. Once it's done,
>all you have to do is reboot and you're ready to go.
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