Cloning ESM 6.8 instances?

Hi everybody,

we need to set up a few identical ESM boxes in the near future. Since ESM management is not yet supported in ArcMC (or is it?), we are looking for ideas on how to avoid setting up a lot of users in different groups and access rights on all the boxes. So far we had the following ideas:

- set up one box and clone it via export_system_tables and import_system_tables on the others... looked ok in lab environment - is it supported or strongly discouraged or sth in between?

- set up one box and create package of the users and install on target systems or use content replication... not yet tested if works with users and more importantly group ACLs.

Has anybody another idea or experiences?