Solaris disaster recovery ufsdump/ufsrestore

We have a Netra i5 as our internet gateway machine and wish
to have a disaster recovery proceedure.We can use ufsdump and ufsrestore it seems, but we have no tape drive on this box.Is there a way I can restore from a file.We have 2 filesystems root and /export/home we backup to /export/home via ufsdump so I understand the proceedure to be something like this :

boot from CD
mount /
mount /export/home
ufsrestore from /export/home/ufsdump.root to /
ufsrestore /export/home from /export/home/ufsdump.exporthome

So root seems fine, but /export/home!! can I ufsrestore a filesystem from itself ???

Should I be using remote tapes, if so can I connect to these
while just booting from CD??

 
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pxhCommented:
To me it looks not reasonable to backup /export/home on /export. If this partition gets lost also your backup file will be gone.

I suggest that you either backup to a remote disk, which you can NFS mount or to a remote tape. The ufsdump (restore) works on remote tapes. Here is how to do it:

/usr/sbin/ufsdump 0uf root@<remote>:<remote tape device> <local disk device>

The ufsrestore command can use remote tapes after you booted from CD (NFS will also work). Maybe you can also use ufsdump/restore to a remote disk without NFS mounting it, but I never tried it.
Anyhow, this is a worst case solutiion, so in worst case aren't you able to attach a local tape drive as well...?

Hope this helps,

Peter (pxh@mpe-garching.mpg.de)

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