Cloning Linux Systems With CloneZilla Server Edition (CloneZilla SE) - Page 3

4 Cloning/Restoring The Image

To clone or restore the image to other systems, run

/opt/drbl/sbin/dcs

again on the CloneZilla Server. Select All Select all clients:

Choose clonezilla-start Start_clonezilla_mode:

Select restore-disk Restore an image to client disk:

You can accept the default values on the next four screens by pressing ENTER:

Pick the image that you want to restore:

Choose the target hard drive:

Select multicast multicast restore:

Choose clients+time-to-wait:

Fill in the number of systems on which you want to restore the image (I want to restore just one system in this example):

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From: jerry at: 2009-10-26 14:25:07

How do I automate the starting of the clonezilla server i.e /opt/drbl/sbin/dcs using something like CRON?

From: netphreak at: 2009-02-01 16:46:07

Thank you so much for making this tutorial! Greatly appreciated!

Though, the main reason for using Clonezilla is that it can restore many computers at once. If the bootloader becomes corrupt during restore - my interset is gone. I won't manually install new bootloader on all the computers - it will be a timesaver using PING (Partimage Is Not Ghost) and restore from DVD's instead.

I would really like to know why this happens? There must be a reason. How to prevent it? From what I can see, PING uses a very similar way of cloning PC's - but the bootloader doesn't get corrupted!

-net

From: Anonymous at: 2009-02-02 17:33:50

I guess I don't understand.  Why would I use this, instead of kickstart or preseed?

From: Anonymous at: 2010-07-08 03:40:02

Brilliant article! You have clarified quite a bit i was somewhat uncertain about regarding Clonezilla cheers mate :)

From: Chris at: 2011-06-08 15:07:15

I would love to set this up using my Ubuntu 11.04 Server as a main backup point for my three Windows boxes, and have it all be totally automatic. I have scripts to wake the PC's up and shut them back down, and setting them to PXE boot is trivial. I follow on how to set up the PXE server on my Linux box, setting up DRBL, etc, but every tutorial I read on how to actually BACK UP the client has things like "Press Enter", select this, click that. I see that there is a command line option for CloneZilla and after you go through the process of selecting everything, I see it gives you command line output of what to put in next time.

I suppose my question is, as I am a bit of a newbie here, how would one go about setting up a totally, utterly, completely unattended bare metal backup of three machines with multiple hard drives every single night? I know how to set up cron jobs and I have seen many articles on backup rotation and it shouldn't be too hard to modify a script to change the filenames of the backups, but how (is it possible) to configure something on the client end to do all of the above?

Thank you all ever so much for writing such great articles.

Chris