Clonezilla is a free software disaster recovery solution and deployment system. Because this specific software is for free, many companies choose to use it. Speaking for a technician, it can truly be a life saver. Instead of re-configuring a computer one at a time, you can go over each computer with one installation media that has your desired Clonezilla image in it.With this being said, there are two types of installation methods. The first one is the Live version. The second one is Server version. Although these are different programs, they both use the same functionality. Clonezilla saves and restores used blocks of data in the given computer’s bootable media. It has been known for it’s performance. Clonezilla can currently support these file systems :
- HFS+ of Mac OS
- Intel-based Mac OS
- MS windows
- NTFS of MS Windows
- UFS of FreeBSD
- VMWare ESX and Chrome OS/Chromium OS
- VMFS5 of VMWare ESX
Now if you ask our techs here at Techie Journal, we would say that’s a pretty attractive list of file systems to be supported!
Clonezilla Minimum System Requirements
In order to be able to take advantage of this glorious program, you need to have these specific software requirements. Clonezilla will work on any 32 bit or 64 bit processor with at least 196 MB of memory. You will also need a boot device to load the software up.
Moving on, This specific version allows the user to individually use his or her USB drive and restore the image or partition directly from a bootable media device. This option is better when a user needs to image a few computers, rather than imaging fourty or fifty computers.
The Server version is a whole new beast, when it comes to PC deployment. Imagine your client computers connecting to the server and automatically restoring without having to do anything! Yes technicians, it is possible. Not only is it possible but it’s been a costly dream for most techs. Most of the time software like this could cost four figures easily. However, with this program it is free. All you need to do is install the Clonezilla server.The installation is a bit tricky, but you can find a tutorial to do it here.
We prefer this tutorial over the others because “J the Linux guy” is very good at explaining and makes it very easy for the end-user. Clonezilla server does take up a little bit of your time. However, it is definitely worth the time spent configuring the server. All you need to do is setup the server and you have yourself a free deployment center.