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    JosephKK NNTP User

    Default faster installs from hard disk

    What is the most effective way to use a hard disk partition for source
    media for faster install/reinstall. Higher value measurement of good
    is less time taken.

    With the install DVD unpacked to the hard disk is there a good way to
    update that install partition?

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    Default Re: faster installs from hard disk

    JosephKK wrote:
    > What is the most effective way to use a hard disk partition for source
    > media for faster install/reinstall. Higher value measurement of good
    > is less time taken.
    >
    > With the install DVD unpacked to the hard disk is there a good way to
    > update that install partition?


    The problem is very difficult when talking about clean installs. I'd
    use a machine on the network (that will be faster too, talking 100mbit
    or gigabit LAN).

    Not sure if I'd trust doing a version upgrade using an unpacked DVD.

    I usually use the network nowadays. Install yast-instserver and you'll
    have an option in YaST to create a network based install server. It'll
    unload the CD/DVDs into a directory and then you can hit those via
    the network. However... I'm not sure if I've every upgraded doing
    this... but it might work (I've done SLES SPs like this anyhow).

    Full version upgrades are a bit risky no matter what way you choose.



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    JosephKK NNTP User

    Default Re: faster installs from hard disk

    On Thu, 08 Oct 2009 03:20:46 GMT, cjcox
    <cjcox@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

    >JosephKK wrote:
    >> What is the most effective way to use a hard disk partition for source
    >> media for faster install/reinstall. Higher value measurement of good
    >> is less time taken.
    >>
    >> With the install DVD unpacked to the hard disk is there a good way to
    >> update that install partition?

    >
    >The problem is very difficult when talking about clean installs. I'd
    >use a machine on the network (that will be faster too, talking 100mbit
    >or gigabit LAN).


    I can see how gigabit LAN may be faster due to disk caching, but 100
    Mbit i doubt, i can get it off HD at higher rates sustained.
    >
    >Not sure if I'd trust doing a version upgrade using an unpacked DVD.
    >
    >I usually use the network nowadays. Install yast-instserver and you'll
    >have an option in YaST to create a network based install server. It'll
    >unload the CD/DVDs into a directory and then you can hit those via
    >the network. However... I'm not sure if I've every upgraded doing
    >this... but it might work (I've done SLES SPs like this anyhow).


    Actually what i would want to do is copy say an 11.1 install DVD to HD
    then do an 11.1 update to it somehow. The idea is that the install
    DVD image is as up to date as i can manage.
    >
    >Full version upgrades are a bit risky no matter what way you choose.
    >


    I have learned to segregate home from OS (different volume). It makes
    upgrade installs much better.

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