mirror OpenSUSE installation

Hello everyone,

I’m new to networking but I have to install and maintain 8 workstation network at my Faculty. I would like to automate the installation process - I’ve installed everything I need on one workstation, and now I want to mirror this installation over the LAN.
The main reason for doing this is tons of other applications we use for CAD/CFD/CCM/CAE I’ve built, and don’t want to rebuild on each node.

I’ve found this link:

mirror a linux installation

where it is written:

“… certain distributions (such as SUSE) files are created with MAC addresses in their path… In this case, you might have to fix things manually.”

in case I use tar command to create a copy of the filesystem over the network. My other option is to copy the data byte-by-byte which takes much longer. I need advice on this question, I’ve searched the forum and googled - but nothing regarding fore mentioned MAC adress problem with SUSE and tar.

Thank you in advance,

In some older versions of SUSE, the config files for the eth interfaces was named after the mac address, e.g. ifcfg-eth-01:23:45:67:89:ab or something like that. Since udev has become standard, this has now changed to an entry in /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules that contains the MAC address. So you will have to reconfigure the network in the clone.

Thank you for the advice. Now I know where I stand. I’ll try and mirror everything with tar and then reconfigure the network.