SEO Powersuite – Powerful Tools for SEO

Introduction to SEO Powersuite

SEO Powersuite

Many of you know that there are plenty of SEO tools on the market, and it’s really hard to choose the one that will help you with your daily site promotion activities.

Recently I’ve come across a very good toolset, SEO PowerSuite, which can be installed on different platforms such as Windows, Linux, Mac and I try to describe its main features below.

For a start, though I’ve got to know SEO PowerSuite quite recently, the software is not new. It’s been on the market for 9 years now, so many people have been successfully using it for years to promote their sites online. Quite a log time to prove the software is a strong player!

SEO PowerSuite is a complete toolset for search engine optimization. It consists of 4 tools: Rank Tracker, WebSite Auditor, SEO SpyGlass and LinkAssistant.

These tools can be used separately, but they definitely deliver best results when applied together, as a system.

I’ll be describing the four tools within SEO PowerSuite one by one below.

Rank Tracker

Rack Tracker is my favorite tool in the whole bundle. Basically, it is keyword research and rank checking software, yet it has so many hidden gems.

Rank Tracker features:

– keyword research with 19 advanced methods

– rank checks in 571 search engines

– unlimited keywords, unlimited sites

– traffic stats next to ranking data

– local search results

– universal search results

– fabulous reporting

There’s a special metric, Keyword Efficiency Index (KEI), which helps you figure out how good your keywords are.

Along with the KEI data, you can see how many organic visits you can expect if you rank for this keyword. This way, you won’t go blind with your organic strategy but rather know what to expect from your SEO efforts.

The best part is you can watch your ranking progress for a specific keyword with a neat graph at the bottom of your workspace.

WebSite Auditor

WebSite Auditor is an indispensable tool for onpage SEO and site audit. It also does a lot of amazing things to make sure that your site is friendly to both users and search engines.

WebSite Auditor features:

  • checks if your website can be crawled and indexed
  • points to redirect issues and site encoding problems
  • finds all broken links
  • lets you polish on-page ranking factors
  • checks how well the content is optimized for SEO
  • manages sitemaps, robots.txt
  • creates professional site audit reports

Whether you site is old or new, well- or poorly-optimized, you absolutely need to run a health check for it with WebSite Auditor. The software will point out a huge number of issues to you. And when you have all these issues fixed, your site will work like a flawless system, which will also contribute to high rankings.

SEO SpyGlass

SEO SpyGlass is a powerful link research and link analysis tool. Unlike WebSite Auditor that handles the on-page side of things, SEO SpyGlass covers a variety of off-page aspects.

SEO SpyGlass features:

  • finds all external links a website has
  • gets data from hundreds of external data sources and a powerful internal link database
  • collects dozens of quality metrics for each link it finds
  • alarms you about dangerous links
  • generates professional backlink reports

As the name implies, site promoters use SEO SpyGlass to spy on their competitors and replicate their best SEO moves. It is as simple as that: with SEO SpyGlass you find out which links make your competitors powerful and follow their footsteps. I’m applying this strategy, and should testify it works.

Additionally, SEO SpyGlass can be used to keep track of links to your own sites. In the era of Pandas, Penguins and other quality updates from Google this becomes particularly important. In fact, with SEO SpyGlass you get a full list of links that your website has and can see which ones are harmful, so you could get rid of them.


Last but not least, LinkAssistant is a link building and link management tool. It is perfect for link outreach and keeping all your link stats and link contacts in one place.

LinkAssistant features:

  • link suggestions with 6 powerful methods
  • immense outreach capabilities, including search for contacts and an in-built email client
  • link stats
  • link verification
  • link building reports

Apparently, LinkAssistant has been the first tool in the SEO PowerSuite series, and the developers created it 10 years ago, whenback then it was meant for the established SEO tactics of the day. Yet, it can still be used now to keep track of all your link contacts in one place and see if the links are still in place. Quite handy!

Some general thoughts about SEO PowerSuite


SEO PowerSuite is very neatly designed. The button layout echoes the sequence of your SEO activities, which makes the software a no-brainer.


Unlike many competitors, SEO PowerSuite is a desktop tool, which gives you a number of advantages:

  • in terms of security, you have all your data stored right on your computer, so you don’t depend on 3rd party servers or risk losing valuable SEO data
  • in terms of data volumes, you can get way more with desktop software compared to online tools

If you’re a Mac user, you’ll be happy to find out that SEO PowerSuite is compliant with Mac OS X. Being cross-platform, the software also works on Windows and Linux.

A Video on SEO Powersuite

Final words

As you can see, SEO PowerSuite is a fantastic tool for making your sites rank higher in Google search results. I personally use and recommend it,

You can access SEO Powersuite with the following links:

==>  Product Page

==>  Vendor Website

==> Trial Download



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Data Transfers from IBM i (AS/400) to Excel

How to Transfer Data from IBM i to Excel

IBM iRecently I noticed an interesting discussion on Linkedln on transferring information from the AS/400 into Excel Spreadsheets that I think is a common requirement in many IBM i (AS/400) installation.

The basic approach can be summarised in the following points:

  • Produce a csv file from the AS/400 with all data to be transferred to Excel
  • Import the csv file into the Excel spreadsheet.

I have written a utility that allows to transfer any AS/400 file into a csv file  that is described in the  post AS/400 and Linux/Unix/PC Transfer Utilities.

The article actually describes two utilities as follows:

  • Database File to Stream File Copy that allows to extract from an AS/400 database file a stream file that can be transferred to a PC or Unix machine. Fields are separated by comma or any other separator of your choice. The AS/400 packed fields are converted into numeric fields and an explicit decimal point is added when there are decimals.
  • Stream File to Database File Copy that allows to copy data from a csv file into an IBM AS/400 database file.

You will find links in the article to freely download the utilities.

Once you have a csv file you can use it to import the data into an Excel spreadsheet.

The discussion in  Linkedln page mentions other ways that can be used to import into Excel Spreadsheets and you can find some of them below:







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How to Learn PHP

Learn PHP

Php programming

Php programming (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PHP is a popular scripting language that can be embedded into HTML and used to develop web applications.

Currently PHP and Java are probably the most on demand computer languages. Generally PHP is the preferred choice if one wants to work on the web whereas Java is preferred for desktop applications, enterprise applications and mobile apps.

I made some investigations on good options about how to learn PHP and you will find below some results of my investigations.


Learn PHP with PHP Online Tutorials


I found some good online tutorials such as the following:


Learn PHP on Good PHP Books


There are many good books on PHP and you will find below an initial choice from Amazon UK:



PHP Magazines

Another way to learn PHP or improve your PHP expertise is to read some magazine dedicated to PHP such as the following:



Open Source ERP Systems written in PHP

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Nearly 75% Of All Smartphones Sold In Q1 Were Android

Android Smartphones

I noticed an interesting article on TechCrunch about Android Smartphones and I have re-published it below for your convenience.

Nearly 75% Of All Smartphones Sold In Q1 Were Android, With Samsung At 30%; Mobile Sales Overall Nearly Flat: Gartner

Ingrid Lunden


Gartner has just released its Q1 figures for mobile handset sales, and the key takeaway is that Android continues to steal the show, led by handset maker Samsung. Google’s mobile platform now accounts for nearly 75% of all handset sales, a jump of almost 20 percentage points on a year ago, and equating to 156 million devices sold in the three-month period. Smartphones sales grew by 63 million units to 210 million for the quarter, making up nearly half of all mobile phone sales overall, at 425 million. With the number of mobile handset sales up by a mere 0.7% on a year ago, it’s clear that higher-end devices are very the much growth engine for the mobile industry at the moment.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the more interesting figures from Gartner.

Although Samsung does not release exact sales figures for its devices, Gartner estimates that the Korean giant is the biggest of them all: it accounted for almost 31% of all smartphones sold in the period, with Apple in number-two with 18%. It’s quite a change from last year, when the two were nearly level, with just 5 percentage points separating them. The widening gap, and Samsung’s growth, will continue into the quarter ahead, it seems, led by the popularity of the company’s newest flagship model.

“We expect the new Galaxy S4 to be very popular despite being more of an evolution than a truly revolutionary device compared to the S3,” writes Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner.

On the other hand, the fact remains that at least some appear to still be holding out for the next iPhone rather than going for the iPhone 5; and Apple meanwhile is still holding back from releasing new, low-cost models that might help it along more in emerging markets and compete more comprehensively against the huge range of Android devices out there.

The gap between the two biggest brands and number three continues to be a big one, with Samsung very much taking the lead here. “There are two clear leaders in the OS market and Android’s dominance in the OS market is unshakable,” Anshul writes.

Together, Apple and Samsung accounted for 49 million handset sales. This is down by 1.1 million from a year ago, and as the smartphone market continues to grow, the players who are vying to be the next big challengers continues to churn. LG swapped places with Huawei, and is currently at number-three at 4.8 million units (with a strong showing from some of its newer 4G handsets and its lower-cost smartphone range). Huawei’s 4.4 million, however, shows that it continues to press ahead, as does fellow Chinese handset maker ZTE, which rounds out the top-five:

gartner smartphone vendors q1 2013

Samsung, unsurprisingly, is also leading in the overall mobile category, which also counts sales of lower-end feature phones. Its share there is now 23.6%, topping 100 million units.

Just as Samsung is widening the gap against Apple in smartphones, it’s doing the same with Nokia in the overall rankings. The Finnish giant is still number-two but with a 14.8% share, a drop of 5 percentage points on last year.

mobile phones overall gartner q1 2013

Looking at mobile platform prominence in smartphones, Android’s current 74.4% market share is nothing short of astounding in terms of its increase, particularly considering that at this point there is no sign of it slowing down.

Gartner’s numbers, it should be noted, are some 10% higher than those from Kantar Worldpanel Comtech that were released at the end of April: a sign of the margin of error between different analysts’ estimates resulting from different counting methods. Here are yet more numbers from IDC, which claims that smartphones outshipped feature phones, and Canalys, which was also more bullish than Gartner on smartphone numbers at a 300 million estimate.

Back to Gartner: the 156 million units sold in the quarter is actually almost double what was sold in the same period a year ago. Android is without a doubt riding the very crest of the smartphone wave: Gartner points out that smartphones accounted for 49.3% of sales of mobile phones worldwide, up from 34.8% in Q1 of 2012, and 44% in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Apple continues to grow but at a slower pace, managing to increase its share by a “mere” 5 million. BlackBerry (still called RIM by Gartner: hello rebranding!) continues to drop, indicating that at least so far, its big BB10 attack has yet to bear significant fruit. Microsoft is showing a respectable doubling of growth to nearly 6 million units, but that is pretty tiny when you look back to Android and its 156 million. It shows that a significant amount of work remains to be done by Microsoft and partners like Nokia if it expects to get anywhere within spitting distance of Android, or even Apple.

Still, the cautionary tale of Symbian remains a sign of how fast a handset maker can fall from grace. It’s now at 0.3 percent of sales now that Nokia has discontinued its production of the once market-leading devices — although its share was falling fast even before that.

gartner q1 2013 smarthones

Gartner points out that Asia is currently the market driver for mobile phone sales worldwide, accounting for more than half of all sales, with China remaining the biggest single market.

“More than 226 million mobile phones were sold to end users in Asia/Pacific in the first quarter of 2013, which helped the region increase its share of global mobile phones to 53.1 per cent year-on-year,” writes Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. “In addition, China saw its mobile phone sales increase 7.5% in the first quarter of 2013, and its sales represented 25.7 per cent of global mobile phone sales, up nearly 2 percentage points year-on-year.”

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New CrunchU Computer Courses

CrunchU  Computer Courses

CrunchU is the result of a partnership between TechCrunch and Udemy which initially offer 30 computer courses including some courses from DeitelBuzz ! You can view the full list of courses at:

==> http://techcrunch.com/crunchu/

I have re-published it below the official TechCrunch CrunchU announcement.

  • Main Event Page

Crunch, Crunch, CrunchU: Course Registration Is Now Open


That crunching sound you hear is software eating the world, and TechCrunch is always looking for ways to pull a chair up to the feast. For example, we have CrunchBase for startup data and CrunchBoard for jobs, and once upon a time there was  CrunchPad, too. Not everything works out, but today with high hopes we are launching CrunchU, which is a collection of 30 online courses that we are offering to TechCrunch readers in partnership with Udemy, a San Francisco-based startup dedicated to “democratizing education by making top quality content from the world’s experts dramatically more affordable for anyone, anywhere.”

We like the sound of that, because we all have a lot more to learn, and keeping it real and affordable is what education should be all about. Our initial course line-up includes offerings from TechCrunch friends, like 500 Startups’ Dave McClure on “Raising Money for Startups” and Eric Ries on “The Lean Startup,” as well as experts Gagan Biyani on “Introduction to Growth Hacking” and Russ Fradin on “Startup Hiring.”

We have a certain bias for startups, no surprise, but there is lots of other brain candy in the course mix too, like starter courses on Android and iOS, Ruby and jQuery, as well as gamification, programming for non-programmers, SEO, and in case you just want to have fun, digital photography.

Our  plan is to introduce new courses each quarter, based on what we learn about TechCrunch readers’ likes and dislikes. We also have the option of creating courses on our own, with the help of Udemy’s awesome course-creation tools. If you have an idea for a course, or want to teach one yourself, learn more here.

So if you have a minute, check out the CrunchU course catalogue and find some educational itch you want to scratch. The tuition sting is teeny, but it will be automatically discounted 50% off from today until May 18.



For a limited time, DeitelBuzz offer big discounts on many of their LiveLessons computer courses. These discounts are for only the first 100 sold of each course. If you click the link and it’s not discounted, the discounts are gone for that course! For links, please visit:

==> Deitel LiveLessons Discounts

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The Desktop Linux – Is it Winning?

The Desktop Linux

Gnome 3 Snapshot

Gnome 3 Snapshot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Linux has always been strong about choice and offers a great variety of Linux desktops such as Gnome, KDE, Ubuntu Unity and many more.

There have been many discussions about replacing Windows with Linux and about toppling  Microsoft’s desktop monopoly, but Desktop Linux has never reached a widespread user base.

However I recently read an interesting article on the Infoworld.com website about how a desktop revolution has already begun with mobile devices and applications. I have republished the article below for your convenience.

The Linux desktop is already the new normal

We’re so busy seeking release from Windows that we overlooked all the ways Linux had already freed us

By | InfoWorld

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A debate is smoldering yet again in the Linux community as prominent figures debate whether it’s time to give up hope on the “year of the Linux desktop” ever coming or whether the advent of Android is actually its fulfillment. Problem is, it came and it’s been here a while, but we haven’t even noticed. We just didn’t know what it would look like.

I realize that statement flies in the face of conventional wisdom. Last year, Miguel de Icaza’s controversial post “What killed the Linux desktop” famously claimed that the opportunity for a Linux-based desktop to dominate the market has passed and is now an unachievable dream. He pointed to what he sees as a series of problems within the culture of Linux development.

At the heart of his argument is the idea that overly frequent updates led to a lack of compatibility, which in turn put off third-party developers. This is not to say he’s surrendered to Windows; he recently explained why he uses a Mac. Now that the world has seen the example of the Apple OS X App Store, products that struggle with compatibility issues feel like a big step backward, regardless of any great features.

Chromebook to the rescue
Meanwhile, Linus Torvalds has a different avenue for hope: Google’s Chromebook. This actually is a Linux desktop computer with only one application, the Chrome browser. The hardware itself is perfectly capable of running other Linux distributions — which is what Torvalds does — but out of the box, it’s running a stripped-down, single-function Linux system that’s easily maintained and secured centrally.

I’ve been using Chromebooks personally and for my business for the last six months, and I can state firmly it’s the Linux desktop I’ve been waiting for. I tried many other approaches, but found every other Linux desktop solution required too much effort to maintain. The Chromebooks (and one Chromebox) we have in the office deliver all the functions we need, without becoming the security nightmare you expect of Windows — and without the constant patronizing lock-in that’s manifesting itself on the Mac these days and without becoming the new hobby we’d expect from a raw Linux distro.

The reason it’s worked so well may surprise you. It works for me and my business because — wait for it — Linux has already won on the desktop.

The Linux desktop is called “the browser”

While we were all waiting for the open source community to topple Microsoft’s desktop monopoly by replacing the operating system, we missed the real revolution. There’s still plenty of money in both operating systems and in desktop apps, and Microsoft will be milking that legacy monopoly for a good while. It’s certainly been the target of competitive attention from open source software; indeed, the productivity suite now epitomized by LibreOffice has over its long history done an effective job in opening up that part of Microsoft’s monopoly.

But most enterprise expenditure doesn’t happen on the desktop. Maybe it’s software Stockholm Syndrome making us all love our captor, but the focus on desktop applications, coupled with the idealistic expectation that Windows will be displaced, has led many to overlook or even dismiss the category where Linux actually has taken over the desktop.

That’s in the browser. Think about it: When did a new process or service you wanted to use last come as a Windows application download? When it did, what actually was that application? An increasing number of desktop applications are just containers for HTML5 Web apps. The real powerhouse behind those apps is usually Linux, accessed over the Internet, along with other elements of the modern LAMP stack. In a very real sense, the applications many use daily for email, documents, presentations, and more are Linux desktop applications. A fanatical obsession with replacing Windows made for interesting discussion, but while that debate was happening, all the work on the desktop moved inside the browser window.

In turn, that desktop revolution has fueled — and been fueled by — Linux in portable devices. In that space, Linux is definitely winning globally, both by powering multiple device platforms such as Android and Kindle and by powering many of the applications found on those devices. Tools like PhoneGap allow the developer to take the same Linux-powered back end and use it for both desktop/browser apps and for device-specific apps. The result? Linux is everywhere, even on iOS.

It was natural to assume the wedge to displace Microsoft’s desktop monopoly would be something that did the same thing. Futurists have long made their predictions by describing the present wearing Spandex. When it comes along, the new reality often looks different from the future we expected. So we still have no flying cars, food still doesn’t come in pill form — and the Linux desktop is actually running in your browser.

The year of the Linux desktop came long ago and we missed it. We were expecting it to displace Windows; instead, it has displaced the Windows desktop application, powered the reinvention of the mobile market, and in the process done more for us all than the revolution we expected could ever have delivered.

This article, “The Linux desktop is already the new normal,” was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more of the Open Sources blog and follow the latest developments in open source at InfoWorld.com. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on




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Backup and Restore with Clonezilla

Backup and Restore with Clonezilla

Clonezilla is a free utility to backup and restore a computer system. I found a good article on the Linux User & Developer website and I have re-published it below for your convenience.

This is the logo of Clonezilla.

This is the logo of Clonezilla. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Back up your system with Clonezilla – Tutorial

by Michael Reed

Clonezilla is more than just a simple backup tool – it’s a dedicated live distro perfect for ghosting entire networks of computers

Many backup solutions make a copy of the files on your system at a given time, but Clonezilla can back up an entire working system. As well as backing up and restoring a system, Clonezilla comes into its own for deployment: install a system, get it just how you want it, then copy it to fresh machines. It comes in two editions: the Live version is designed for backup and restoration of partitions and drives. The disk images are copied to or from a file on local or removable storage or transferred over a network. The Server Edition (SE) is designed to back up from or restore to many machines simultaneously via a network.

The user interface of Clonezilla sits halfway between a text mode interface and a graphical one. This ease of use is particularly convenient when you have to instruct a non-expert in Clonezilla’s operation. However, a word of warning: the old adage ‘measure twice, cut once’ is particularly appropriate. So, when carrying out deployment or restore operations, you should double-check that you are targeting the right machine. We’ll take you through some of the common Clonezilla jobs and, in the second half, switch to the Server Edition for networked operations on multiple machines.


Clonezilla Live:

For Clonezilla SE (multiple machines) we’ll be using the DRBL Live CD that includes Clonezilla SE

Step by Step

Step 01

Obtain Clonezilla

Visit the Clonezilla website for the appropriate ISO image. If you need to back up from or install to a lot of machines, grab the Clonezilla SE version. For single backup/restore tasks to local storage or over the network, you need Clonezilla Live.


Back up your system
Clonezilla boot


Step 02

Create boot medium

You can burn a CD or copy the ISO image to a USB stick using Tuxboot. Boot from the Clonezilla Live CD and select the first option from the boot menu. Once booted, select the correct keymap, language and keyboard type.

Step 03

Prepare backup medium

Clonezilla needs a lot of space, even though it does compress images on the fly. You can use most of the filing systems that Linux understands, such as ext4 and NTFS. Tip: Use your partitioning software to label the medium that you are going to use for image storage.

Step 04

Back up disk to file – part 1

Select the ‘device_image’ option in the menu, and then ‘local_dev’ in the next menu. At this point, you can attach USB storage if needed. Now, select the drive, partition and directory that you want to store your images in.

Step 05

Back up disk to file – part 2

Select ‘Beginner mode’ in the next menu. Then select the ‘savedisk’ option. Give the image a name when prompted. Then select the source disk that you want to clone. Skip the file system check when prompted, but say yes to the saved image check.

Step 06

Complete backup and reboot

Confirm that you want to go through with the procedure. You’ll then be shown a progress screen with an estimate of the total expected time for the job to complete. Use the menu options to shut down or reboot the system to ensure that all buffered writes are complete.

Step 07

Restore disk image

To restore (or deploy) a system, repeat the earlier steps until you reach the mode select screen. Now select ‘restoredisk’ instead of ‘savedisk’. In the next menu, select the filename of the disk image, and then select the device name of the physical disk.

Step 08

Restore to bigger disk

Follow the same procedure as before, but this time select advanced settings. As before, select ‘restoredisk’. Accept the default options on the first advanced option page by hitting Return; but on the next page, select option ‘-k1’. The partition will be resized.

Step 09

Create recovery ISO/zip

In the mode selection screen, select ‘recovery-iso-zip’, then select the disk image that you want to work from. Clonezilla will prompt you if the image is larger than a DVD-ROM can handle, but you can still create a USB image.

Step 10

NFS image repository (setup)

Add NFS to a Linux box with ‘sudo apt-get install nfs-kernel-server’. Now create a directory for the images with ‘sudo mkdir /images’ and then ‘chmod a+rwx /images’. Type ‘sudo gedit /etc/exports’. Add the line ‘/images *(rw,sync,no_root_squash)’ to the end of the file.

Type ‘sudo exportfs -a’.

Step 11

NFS image repository (use)

Follow the procedure for normal backup, but select ‘nfs_server’ rather than ‘local_dev’ on the ‘mount Clonezilla image directory’ page. Then, ‘DHCP broadcast’ (unless you have a static IP address). Then, ‘nfs4’. Use the ‘ifconfig’ command to discover the IP address on the server and enter
it when prompted by Clonezilla.


Step 12

Copy directly from disk to disk

Rather than working with an intermediary file, Clonezilla can copy directly between disks, saving time. Select ‘device-device’ rather than ‘device-image’ when prompted.

Step 13

Clonezilla SE (Server Edition)

As usual, a two Ethernet card system is best when providing a boot server, but one card can be used for a setup with no outside internet connection. The server must be connected to the storage for images, but it won’t be altered in
any way.

Step 14

Check and double-check the connections

Bear in mind that once this server is operational, any system that is connected to the network can potentially be wiped when it is switched on. If this is a regular server that you are re-tasking for this job, consider disconnecting machines that you don’t intend to re-image


Back up your system
Clonezilla SE


Step 15

Clonezilla SE (live CD)

Clonezilla SE can be added to an existing Linux installation, but we will use the DRBL Live CD for these examples. When booted, this distro presents the user with an Xfce desktop. This example presumes that you are making use of disk images on local storage that you created in an earlier step, but you can combine the various methods such as using the NFS image repository. Thankfully, many of the options and much of the interface are duplicated from the regular live edition of Clonezilla.

Step 16

Starting the server

Once you’ve booted the live media, double-click on the ‘Clonezilla server’ icon on the desktop. On the first settings page, assign the second network card an IP address. When prompted, select the image medium in the same way as with a singular installation.

Step 17

Start restore procedure (cloning)

As you progress, read the information that pops up on screen, but most of the defaults should be acceptable. As before, select ‘restore- disk’ from the ‘Clonezilla Mode’ menu when prompted. Select the ‘shutdown’ rather than reboot option unless you’re sure that the boot order won’t restart the installation at the end.

Step 18

Finish setting up (cloning)

Select the correct disk image when prompted, and then select the correct install drive for the clients. If you have a lot of machines, select ‘multicast’ (more efficient, can cause setup problems). For fewer machines, choose ‘unicast’ (simpler, but a network hog).

Step 19

Begin clone operation

If everything is working, you should now be able to boot clients off the server. Enter the BIOS setup on each client and ensure that it is set to network-boot. In some cases, you can simply hit a key to temporarily alter the boot order at startup.


Back up your syste,
Begin clone operation


Step 20

System backup

Clonezilla SE can perform mass backups of systems. Follow the same procedure as when cloning, but select ‘save-disk’ rather than ‘restore-disk’ when prompted. Clonezilla tends to be a bit of a stickler when it comes to disk space, so make sure that you have plenty of room in your image repository.

Step 21

Allow clients to select mode

It’s possible to allow the clients to choose the operating mode (restore/backup etc) after they have booted from the server, which is useful in a mixed environment of a smaller number of machines. Choose the option ‘select- in-client’ in the Clonezilla SE mode menu to enable this behaviour.

Step 22

A remote OS desktop

The DRBL Live CD can provide a standard Debian desktop over the network. Select it on the boot menu. This is handy for testing and to examine local storage on the client.

Step 23


You can run Clonezilla SE from within a virtual machine. On VirtualBox, for example, leave the first network card as NAT and set a second card to Bridged. This will allow other machines on the network to boot from the VM.

Step 24

Easy file share

Make a directory by typing ‘sudo mkdir /home/share’ and then ‘sudo chmod a+rwx /home/share’ in a terminal on the screen. Files in this directory will now appear in /home/user on the clients. This is handy if you need to run your own scripts.




DRBL pages at Sourceforge

Clonezilla guide

Condor: Building a Linux cluster on a budget

A good book on DRBL

Linux User & Developer magazine



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Free Utility to Burn ISO Files to CD or DVD

Burn ISO Files to CD or DVD


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ImgBurn is a free utility that can be used to  Burn ISO Files to CD or DVD. It’s a very flexible application with several advanced features that are often lacking in other tools, especially when it comes to burning DVD Video discs

ImgBurn can be used on Windows, Linux, x86 based Unixes and Mac and can be downloaded in different local languages

I found a good article on the Geeky Projects website that explains how to use the ImgBurn Utility to Burn ISO Files to CD or DVD and I gave re-published it below for your convenience.


How to Burn ISO Files to CD or DVD (for Free!)

11. Mar 2011, 19:14 UhrPablo Garcia


Nowadays that the Internet has become faster, image files such as ISO, NRG, etc., have gained popularity. CD Images save companies money, giving them the possibility of offering large programs to the public, which otherwise would have to be burned in CDs or DVDs and mailed to you. Once downloaded, there are two ways you can have access to the software inside these image files: Burning them to CDs or DVDs or mounting the images. Mounting an image is good when these ISO images are designed to run within operating systems. For example, an office suite package (word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, etc.) that you need to install. You can just do so by mounting the image as a virtual CD. However, many ISO images are operating systems themselves, such is the case of LiveCDs, Linux Installation CDs, etc. These have to burned. In this tutorial I will teach you how to burn an ISO image file using my favorite free image burning software: ImgBurn.


Download and install ImgBurn (it is free), there is nothing special you need to know about the installation, just keep clicking next until you finish installing it.

Open the program and, on the main ImgBurn window, click on “Write image file to disk“.

Next, under “Source“, click on the small yellow folder icon to select your ISO image file.

Browse to the location of your image file, select it and click “Open“.

Finally, insert your blank media in your CD/DVD burner and click on the icon at the bottom left of the window to start burning your ISO image.

Your image will then start burning. It is best if stop working on the computer until the software finishes recording, since the recording process needs to be continuous. If you do anything on the computer that requires memory or CPU processing power this might interrupt the burning process and ruin your CD.

After the CD finishes burning, ImgBurn will verify it to make sure the recording does not have any errors.



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