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harrycoal
April 21st, 2009, 04:29 PM
I'm setting up a few internet kiosks for our customers. I've locked down Ubuntu, automated logins, restricted access, etc using guides I have found on these forums and the internet.

I've got the PC setup just how I want it and I would like duplicate the settings on the rest of them. I would also like the ability to keep a copy of this setup for future use in case we need more kiosks or to do a repair install.

My first thought was that I could just clone my setup on to the other machines, but they are all on different hardware and my attempts to clone my setup on to different hardware failed.

I've looked at a program called Reconstructor (http://reconstructor.aperantis.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1) which lets you customize an Ubuntu installation but it doesn't let me customize to the extent I would like.

What I'm hoping exists is some way to create a custom installation of Ubuntu which I can burn to a disc, during installation all my settings, users, permissions, files (everything ;)) from this setup will be installed on the new machine.

Has anyone done anything like this before, I'd be grateful if you would point me in the right direction.

harrycoal
April 21st, 2009, 08:39 PM
Hi Harry,

You might want to try Remastersys (http://www.geekconnection.org/remastersys/remastersystool.html). It can make a full system backup including personal data to a live cd or dvd that you can use anywhere and install.

Here's a guide to get you started: http://maketecheasier.com/backup-ubuntu-with-remastersys/2008/12/22

Kind regards,
Harry

Sorivenul
April 21st, 2009, 08:45 PM
I second the suggestion of Remastersys. It is an excellent program that does exactly what it advertises. I've used it successfully many times.

qualityfirstac
April 21st, 2009, 08:47 PM
Hi Harry,

You might want to try Remastersys (http://www.geekconnection.org/remastersys/remastersystool.html). It can make a full system backup including personal data to a live cd or dvd that you can use anywhere and install.

Here's a guide to get you started: http://maketecheasier.com/backup-ubuntu-with-remastersys/2008/12/22

Kind regards,
Harry

Thanks I was having the same issue, thanks again for the help!



http://www.qualityfirstac.com

YigalB
April 27th, 2009, 08:32 PM
I second the suggestion of Remastersys. It is an excellent program that does exactly what it advertises. I've used it successfully many times.

Does it also answer all installation questions, such as:
- Use all hard disk
- set default location, keyboard, computer name, password
- Login automatically
?

If the answer is yes it could be great. Since I install many computers, it's frustrating answering all questions again and again.