[virt-tools-list] [Qemu-devel] Virt Tools Survey: What to do about virt-clone

Gary Scarborough grs6148 at rit.edu
Wed May 11 14:38:48 UTC 2011

I am just now switching things over to using KVM so I haven't been doing 
this much yet, but have used cloning a lot in the past.  One question I 
have is, what is Red Hat doing in its VDI implementation?  If you 
support VDI, I would think you have to have something to do the end 

Here is what I do in the physical labs I manage, since its basically the 
same problem:

For WinXP:  I cobbled together a set of tools to change the machine name 
and then used a tool called newsid.exe to generate a new SID for the 
machine.  That was all that was required as the hardware was the same on 
each machine.  We no longer support WinXP.

For Win7:  As far as I know, in Windows 7, SID is no longer used to 
identify machines.  We have a central license server that WIndows finds 
to register.  Still using the same tool to change the machine name.  The 
only thing I have to do is manually tell the machine to register its 
copy of Windows through a batch script.  I do my imaging in a linux 
environment, mount the partition with ntfs-3g, generate a script custom 
to that machine, and drop it on the hard drive to run after reboot.  The 
script contains the machine specifics based on IP address.  It takes 
about 10 minutes to run through the scripts and do all the rebooting 
that it needs to do.

Gary Scarborough
IST Lab Manager
gary at it.rit.edu
102 Lomb Memorial Drive
Bdg 70, Rm 2100
Rochester, NY 14623

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