On Oct 11, 2017, at 10:23, Willie Barnett <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Since 3 of these test bed machines are pretty much identical, can the INSTALL be done on ONE, then the HD simply CLONED for the others? (Then set unique network names, IP addresses, etc, individually.) There must be a GOOD/EASY HD clone utility for Linux... but where? Which one? :)
> That should save quite a bit of time! :)
By the time you go in and pull the drive, set it up to clone it, clone it, move the drive back to the original computer, boot it up, rename the computer, set the IP address, etc. you very likely could have just started and let all three machines install the OS from scratch.
You could use multiple USB drives to run multiple installations in parallel... but that would be about the same time as cloning the disks.
It's not really that bad ...
Now, if you had 30-50 computers to do, I'd say clone it, but for three? Not worth it, IMHO.