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

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at redhat.com
Wed May 11 14:51:40 UTC 2011

On Wed, May 11, 2011 at 10:38:48AM -0400, Gary Scarborough wrote:
> 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 configuration.

RHEV-M allows you to create templates, and it can sysprep them.  It
does this by attaching a virtual floppy to the VM which Windows
(somehow) sees and syspreps from.  I'm fuzzy on the precise details.

> 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.

libguestfs could do this nicely ...


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