Re:What I would like to do

by ebenson ( on 08:47 PM September
22nd, 2000 PST
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if you have already installed one machine and have the packages the way you want run:

dpkg --get-selections \* > packagelist

on the target machine run:

dpkg --set-selections < packagelist

apt-get dselect-upgrade



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From: Rick Moen (
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 12:18:17 -0800

Quoting Nhadie Ramos (

> Has anyone here tried a remote installation of Linux?


> I have 30 workstations and only one has a CD-ROM drive. I have to
> install Linux on all machines. Can anyone give me an idea on how to
> start this; any good sites I can go to?

The tools you want to use for this depend on how automated you aim for this task to be, and how much you need/want to be able to customise each machine as it's being installed.

Kickstart is a Red Hat package that deploys Red Hat to multiple installation targets with minimal customisation. SystemImager is a third-party tool that does a better job.

fai (fully automated install) is a Debian-based tool to do likewise. Like System Imager, it's suitable for building clusters.

Replicator is similar. It tries to do some customisation for differences in hard disk sizes, video cards, etc.

Partition Image is a semi-automated tool for replicating a Linux partition to multiple targets.

(Of course, you can also use an LNX-BBC maintenance disk and "dd" or dump/restore images. Pick your poison.)

I hope this helps!

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From: Michael Thompson (
Subject: Re: [ILUG] redistributing a distribution
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Allows you to create an image of a golden client and install it on another machine using a boot floppy, or network booting.