From: Vincent Cunniffe (vcunniff at domain arbgroup.com)
Date: Thu 07 Oct 1999 - 08:09:17 IST
ilug-admin at domain linux.ie wrote:
> "But it's the *principle* dammit : once you got the hang of
> it, you could
> do a full OS upgrade from a different continent. Let's see
> you do that
> with Windows :-)"
> as much as I hate to admit it, it's actually ridiculously easy to do with
> windows as most such utilities are written specifically for microsoft stuff.
> There are few I know of that can intelligently (i.e. not blindly) dupe Ext2
> filesystem data, powerquest drive image pro can . . .
Err... I'm talking about being able to log onto a machine remotely, put the
new OS on it remotely, reboot it remotely, and have it start reliably, so that
you can reconnect and configure it remotely.
I will be *EXTREMELY* surprised if anyone has ever managed that with Windows.
I've never seen a Windows installation that didn't require a large number of
reboots and manual OK's.
It is certainly possible to simply pick up a Windows drive image and plonk it
on the disk, but you need to have the exact same hardware on all of the
machines you're copying.
I believe Colm uses this in Trinity to install on lots of machines (running
off a Linux server, IIRC :-), but he has to do it from the console of the
machine he's installing to.
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