I have ordered several virtual machines from a hosting provider, which all need exactly the same setup:
- same users
- same programs installed
- same config (except for hostname) including cron-jobs
Is it possible and save to create a tarball of my entire system, excluding
/sys folders and the
/etc/hostname file and just unpack it on the disk while the system is not running (using a repair mode, or a Live CD, in case of a physical server)?
What else do I have to consider?
Edit: Since I have no physical access to these machines, everything has to be done from the command line.
Edit 2: Also
/etc/network/interfaces should not be copied.