o) Is there a way to clone one machine to another one "over the net", i.e. by writing an image file from one machine to a server and then setting up the other machines from that image?
o) Is there a way to clone FreeBSD installations by copying the entire FreeBSD slice to another drive (I thought about installing the harddisks of the other machines in the master machines and then copying the installtion) (Is "Knoppix" capable of doing this?)
If the disks are indeed identical, set up one disk the way you like; boot into single user mode (boot -s) and dd away (as in `dd if=/dev/ad0 of=/dev/ad2 bs=[whatever]`).
Maybe experiment a bit with dd's block size. I've had great results with Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 8 40Gb disks and a blocksize of 512k. Takes about 15 minutes.
If you're indeed running IDE disks, put both disks on their own IDE controller.
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