Great product! It's not a closed appliance. If something isn't there, it can be installed with apt-get. Zentyal 2.0 is an usual Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04.
different sizes of a partition
for cloning an 1:1 partition, I don't really need partimage. dd and gzip are my best friends.
But what if my PCs does have different HD sizes? Can it fill or downsize partitions?
An simple example:
10gb (2gb full) partition
1 PC with a 10gb harddisc
1 PC with a 4gb harddisc
1 PC with a 8gb harddisc
1 PC with a 20gb harddisc
If I understand how partimage works, than only the 1st PC can be restored nativly or I have had the last PC (20gb) with 10gb free space, because partimage do not fill the last 10gb of his harddisc and I have 2 PCs (4/8gb) where I can't restore because the harddiscs are to small.
If I really understand partimage I can't do for example this situation:
3gb partition1 (1gb full) (30%)
7gb partition2 (1gb full) (70%)
30% (6gb) filled with partition 1
70% (14gb) filled with partition 2
30% (1.5gb) filled with partition 1
70% (3.5gb) filled with partition 2
So I think, partimage is (now) a bit useless in a company where exist different PCs with different harddiscs
If I'm at home, then it's ok (but than I can use dd with gzip and a nfs mount or ftp)