From: Niall O Broin (niall at domain linux.ie)
Date: Mon 11 Jun 2001 - 20:55:38 IST
On Mon, Jun 11, 2001 at 06:36:16PM +0100, Ruairi Newman wrote:
> I have a question that someone might be able to help me with. I have been
> asked if it's possible to take disk images of various WinXX-based machines a
> la Norton Ghost (without buying Ghost) and write them to a CD-Writer across
> the network automatically. The CD-Writer is also on a Windows machine but
> I intend changing that over to Linux as soon as I've got time anyway.
> Any thoughts on the best way to go about this? I'm thinking in terms of
> 'dd' but I doubt that I could manage to pipe the dd image directly as it's
> being created to a networked CD-Writer without buffer-underruns.
You won't do this on the fly because you'll have to make whatever kind of
image file you make and then make an ISO of that. This would be doable if
you have the CD burner on a Linux box and then boot each 'doze PC from a
bootable Linux CD e.g. the ILUG BBC which you have customised to load the
network drivers and make the appropriate disk image and sling it over the
net into a queue on the burner machine. However, how many 'doze machines do
you have whose entire C drive can fit on one CD - not very many now, I'd
imagine, unless you're being very religious about stopping crudd
accumulating on the 'doze PCs.
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