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Clonezilla is a linux program and distribution that will allow you to clone a hard disk drive over a network connection. Their are two versions of Clonezilla: Sever Edition and Live. This is a guide to help you clone one system to another system using Clonezilla live. This method is called unicast. Clonezilla Server Edition supports multi-cast, which is cloning to muliple systems at one time.

Getting Started

To use Clonezilla you will need a copy of Clonezilla on a USB drive or CD. To download Clonezilla visit: http://clonezilla.org/. You will also need two computers with similar hardware specs. The computers need to attached in the same switched network environment.

Setting up the first machine

First you need to boot the machine that you are going to clone. Check your machines settings to learn how to boot from a USB or CD. The buttons are usually one of your Function keys at the top of the keyboard. Choose the Default Resolution. Then your should come to this screen: Lang.png


Don't change the key map unless you have problems with your keyboard: Keymap.png


Press Enter to start Clonezilla. Start1.png


In this tutorial we are cloning a disk from one computer to another so select the device-device option. Device.png


Since we are going to clone the disk over a network we will choose the disk_to_remote_disk option. Remote1.png

We will be using a static IP address for this network clone. Static.png


For this step we need to collect information about your network. Find out what your networking addressing scheme by checking another computer or by contacting your network administrator. Find a range of IP adresses not being used. We will need two IP addresses: one for this computer and one for the computer we are applying the hard disk image too. For now though we just need the latter. You will also want to jot down the netmask, gateway, and dns for the following steps. Address1.png


Type the netmask and press enter. Mask.png


Type the gateway in. (note: the gateway may not be necessary for all network environments. Check with your administrator) Gateway.png


Type the IP of the DNS server. (note: If your network does not have a dns server, you can leave this blank. Check with you administrator) Dns.png


Press enter to select the highlighted Hard Drive. Hdd.png


On this page there are some additional parameters you can change. Since we are just making a 1:1 clone over the network, just press enter to select the default options. Options.png


At this time we have an option to decide how we want to set up our partion table on our target machine. We are making an exact copy of our machine so we will just use the default setting to copy the partitiion table. Just press enter. Partition.png


Now we are machine is ready to be cloned. Type "y" then press enter. Yes.png


You should now see this screen. Our machine is ready and listening on the network. Leave this machine alone, now go to the other machine and boot it up with your other copy of Clonezilla. Ready.png

Setting up the second machine

Once you have started up second machine set up your language and keymap the same as before. Lang.png Keymap.png



When prompted with this screen select the option to Enter the command line prompt. The type in the number 2 to start the command line. Entersh.png


Change to root by typing:

  sudo su -

Set up networking for the second machine by typing in:

   ocs-live-netcfg

Again you will be prompted with enter an IP address. Enter your second IP address, netmask, and gateway like before. Address2.png

Start Cloning

Now all you have to do is type in this command followed by the IP address the machine your are cloning to start the process. Type:

   ocs-onthefly -s "IP ADDRESS" -t hda

Command.png


You will be prompted with several warnings. Since we are making a 1:1 copy of the hard drive, just type Y and press enter when prompted. Warnings.png


If everything went well your should see a screen similar to this Finish.png


Wait for the process to finish. Once it is finished you can remove the Clonezilla disks from both machines and reboot. You should now have an exact clone of your machine.