Duplicate Installation of FreeBSD

Wojciech Puchar wojtek at wojtek.tensor.gdynia.pl
Thu Mar 26 06:05:11 PDT 2009

> Hello list,
> I have installed and configured a FreeBSD system based on 7.1-RELEASE (not
> that it matters so much) and I want a way in which I can duplicate this on
> several other machines.
> What is the easiest and the simplest way? Please consider the K.I.S.S
> principle.
boot liveCD, allow rsh on one machine (.rhosts etc) and do on each new.

clean beginning of disk:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/ad0 bs=64k count=1

make labels as you wish
bsdlabel -w ad0
bsdlabel -e ad0

(replace ad0 with something different if it is, or maybe more drives)

if you use gmirror/gstripe whatever do it here.

2) bsdlabel -B ad0 (install bootrecord)
perform newfs on each partition with options you like

mount target root partition on /mnt, make subdirs for other partitions (if 
any), mount others under /mnt/subdir

3) rsh -l installedmachine "tar --one-file-system -cf - / /otherpartition /anotherpartition"|tar -C /mnt -xpvf -

this will copy all files.

be sure to specify all mountpoint in tar -cf - ...

4) edit all needed files like /mnt/etc/rc.conf

5) /sbin/reboot -q

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