Complete backup of Linux install
kenneth at uvlug.org
Mon Nov 21 13:16:02 MST 2005
Michael Torrie wrote:
> One way to back up such a small amount of data would to make a 4 GB
> ext3-formated file image, then loopback mount it and rsync your entire
> disk to the image. Then burn the image directly to a DVD. When you
> want to restore, format the drive with the partition structure you want
> and then mount the DVD and copy the entire contents to the new disk.
> Then you have to make sure fstab is correct and just reinstall grub.
> Reinstalling grub is usually a matter of booting knoppix, chrooting to
> your disk and running "grub-install."
Will this take care of the device files in /dev/? I was hoping that
what ever I use to make this backup would require not having to
reinstall the OS to overwrite it with the backup. What I really want is
an exact snapshot of how the system is at one point, and the ability to
I am not sure which product it was, but this imaging software is what I
saw in use at school. The systems came in completely empty, and all
they had to do was bootup, and they saw some sort of RIS server that
imaged the system identically to the primary server. I am hoping for
something similar to that.
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