Cloning multiple computers with Clonezilla SE

Attack of the Clones

© Lead Image © Csaba Deli,

© Lead Image © Csaba Deli,

Article from Issue 241/2020

Managing a network of computers can be an involved process. Clonezilla SE lets you image and roll out multiple machines with ease.

Peace of mind is not measured in gigabytes, but it might as well be, because nothing causes a sys admin more turmoil, pain, and anguish than a dead disk. Clonezilla (see the "What Is Clonezilla?" box) has been coming to the aid of harried sys admins for almost two decades to help them duplicate entire disks, including all the data and partitions, with relative ease.

Clonezilla is a weapon of mass cloning. If your computer empire extends only to a couple of computers, you'll be happy using Clonezilla through its Live environment. On the other hand, if you manage a small school or an office, you should install Clonezilla Server Edition (SE) [2] to clone and restore machines over the network.

To use a cloning solution effectively, it's best if the computers on your network have similar hardware components. If your network is made up of computers with different components, you will need to manage lots of different images.


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