best way to replicate system

Warren Block wblock at
Thu Jul 21 13:10:37 UTC 2011

On Thu, 21 Jul 2011, Aryeh Friedman wrote:

> I have set up a machine that is 100% configred and now needs to be
> duplicated to an arbitrary number of other machines (23 currently)...
> none of the machines have optical drives (or floppies) so it has to be
> a USB install... what is the best way to do this all I can think of is
> "make release" or make a diskimage and dd it

dd works but is not optimal, copying a lot of empty disk space. [1]

dump(8) to create filesystem images [1], boot target with mfsBSD [2], 
set up target disk [3], restore(8) over ssh [1].


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