Node cloning

Putchong Uthayopas pu at ku.ac.th
Thu Apr 5 22:17:00 EDT 2001


Dear Jp,
The url you gave us some how does not work. Anyway, here is the one that I
try and can reach your software.

http://www-unix.mcs.anl.gov/systems/software/city/

Putchong

----- Original Message -----
From: "JP Navarro" <navarro at mcs.anl.gov>
To: "Luca Frediani" <luca at giasone.dcci.unipi.it>
Cc: <beowulf at beowulf.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 05, 2001 9:54 PM
Subject: Re: Node cloning


> Just another tool for cloning disks.
>
>    http://www.mcs.anl.gov/systems/software/city/
>    (look for imgdisk near the bottom of the software list)
>
> What makes this tool unique is:
>
>   - Linux distribution neutral
>
>   - can deal with raw partitions for non ext2 file-systems
>
>   - flexible partition sizing configuration:
>       can size based on % of disk, % of disk remaining, rest of disk..
>       so disks don't all have to be the same size
>
>   - clones MBR, and individual partition boot sectors
>       this allows you to have a fully functional disk as soon as it's
restored
>       without running LILO or boot loaders setup tools
>       (if your boot loader cares about kernel location, as LILO does, then
>       you need to make sure the partition containing /boot is
saved/restored
>       in raw form)
>
> Enhancement in the works:
>
>   - support for most mainstream file-systems supported under Linux
>
> JP Navarro
> --
> John-Paul Navarro                                           (630) 252-1233
> Mathematics & Computer Science Division
> Argonne National Laboratory                            navarro at mcs.anl.gov
> Argonne, IL 60439                          http://www.mcs.anl.gov/~navarro
>
>
> Luca Frediani wrote:
> >
> > I am currently setting up a beowulf cluster and now I am trying to clone
> > the nodes of my cluster. I succeded to install the bootp on the wordly
> > node and to compile a kernel with nfsroot capabilities for the client.
> > The clone root file system is set as stated in the book "How to build a
> > beowulf - A guide to the implementation and application of PC clusters"
> > (authors: Sterling, Salmon, Becker, Savarese  Ed. MIT Press).
> >
> > Now my goal is to set up an init process that partition the local hard
> > drive and put the partition images on it. I did not find anything useful
> > about it. Can anyone tell me how to do it or where can I find useful
> > information?
> >
> > Thank You
> >
> > Luca Frediani
> >
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