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creating and using a dedicated (centos+cpanel+firewall etc...) template

I know the commands to create vps openvz centos+cpanel+firewall etc... templates, But i didn't know if I could do something similar with dedicated boxes.  is it possible to use the same process of creating a vps template and untar/apply the same template to a clean centos 5.5 dedicated machine install and get the same effect?

I spend several hours manually setting up a clean centos+cpanel+firewall+mailscanner etc... dedicated box, where if I could just untar a template after a clean centos install, that would save me so much time.  Let me know if it's possible and if so, what commands I would use to tar up the fully configured box correctly for future unconfigured boxes.
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TobiasHolmCommented:
Hi!

Use this:

sudo tar -pjcvvlf "/mnt/hp/backup.tar.bz2" / --exclude=/proc --exclude=/lost+found --exclude=/mnt --exclude=/sys --exclude=/tmp

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And then unpack this tar to the target machine.

Regards, Tobias
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TobiasHolmCommented:
Clarification:
1. Make the template machine.
2. Mount an external disk or network share where to put the tar file.
3. Run the tar command above (and replace the example path above to your mounted disk/share) on the template machine as root. You don't have to use sudo if you use su.

4. Install a clean Linux on the target machine.
5. Mount and untar the tar file to the target machine:
sudo tar -xvvzf "/mnt/hp/backup.tar.bz2" /

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Regards, Tobias
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