I've worked a lot with Clonezilla.
I developed a USB key that is a fully automated reimaing method: boot and
go. Works well for Windows systems. I have not implmented this on dual
boot iMacs at this point (I find Deploystudio does a good job).
Some caveats w/ Clonezilla:
- Documentation. It's as though someone produced a huge volume of docs,
then stacked them all up and THREW them into the air! :) In short, its
all over the place! You have to dig to find information.
- Network restore. Can be really good, can be slow.
- Need for careful config files. This is related to the doc comment, you
need to carefully walk through the numerous flags and options and figure
out where to put things. IT took me a long time to figure some of it out.
- Space. The ideal CZ approach is to use the product to build a .iso file
that is entirely self-contained. But herein you hit a space limitation
that is hard to get past.
I think it is very worthwhile, and am interested in the idea of a drbl
server to connect it with.
Just to note: CCC is a great product, but is really geared to individual
use (backups, restore copies etc). AS a lab imaging solution it has some
pretty sever drawbacks now in that the other side of it -
NetRestore/NetRestore Helper - are gone. DeployStudio is a far better
solution for comprehensive imaging and deployment.
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On Thu, 22 Sep 2011, Ernie Buford intoned:
EB:Can anyone compare/contrast CCC with Clonezilla ? I've used the latter
EB:for this sort of thing and found it to be quick and efficient.
EB:Does anyone use either of these to image computer labs at UVM?
EB:On 9/22/2011 1:00 PM, Jonathan L. Trigaux wrote:
EB:> Then I'd echo Andrew's suggestion for Carbon Copy Cloner from
EB:> This sort of image is useful particularly if you want to clone one disk to
EB:> many other different computers. As a static backup, however, your disk
EB:> image will become out of date quickly. If your only concern is one Mac,
EB:> Apple's Time Machine software will also do a full disk backup, as well as
EB:> incremental backups for as long as the software is on and you have the
EB:> backup drive connected.
EB:> On Thu, 22 Sep 2011, Larry Kost wrote:
EB:> > I was trying to make an image of the entire drive. My understanding is
EB:> > that the image could be used to recover from a disk failure. Mainly just
EB:> > trying to figure out how to do this for future reference.
EB:> > LLK
EB:> > On 9/22/2011 11:57 AM, Jonathan L. Trigaux wrote:
EB:> > > Are you trying to clone an entire disk/partition into an image, or
EB:> > > trying to create an image of a group of files or subfolders?
EB:> > >
EB:> > > -JLT
EB:> > >
EB:> > > On Thu, 22 Sep 2011, Larry Kost wrote:
EB:> > >
EB:> > > > I have a Macbook and have been trying to use the disk utility to make
EB:> > > > an image on an external drive (Segate Freeagent GoFlex drive). I
EB:> > > > have upgraded to Lion. When I try to create the image it seems to
EB:> > > > get through most of the process until it gets to the step where it
EB:> > > > says "Adding Resources". It sits there for a long time (maybe 20 or
EB:> > > > 30 minutes) then says "Unable to create LarryMac.dmg error -192".
EB:> > > >
EB:> > > > Any ideas? I looked on the web, but didn't find anything useful.
EB:> > > >
EB:> > > > LLK