Make a boot disk so I can get a backup of the whole hard drive

I have Red Hat linux on this server and I want to know what I can do to backup the entire hard drive.  I have been using G4U application to boot  systems and create a backup of the drive.  This is not working for me on the IBM 306 model.  What am I missing?  Message is "unable to contact host when I try to connect to my backup server.  Thinking maybe drivers uncertain??
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rindiCommented:
You could subscribe to the g4u mailing lists to get specific help for that product. If you can't connect to the server you probably have a problem with the NIC driver.

https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/g4u-help

You could also try using partimage from a liveCD like knoppix to image your disk.

http://knoppix.net

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Duncan RoeSoftware DeveloperCommented:
Can you contact the backup host after starting the system normally? What is the route to it?
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Gabriel OrozcoSolution ArchitectCommented:
I think you can make optimized images of your hard disk, with ubuntu-rescue, which is a live cd specifically created to take files/images of the disk as if it were damaged.

you can also use it to rescue systems ;)

http://ubuntu-rescue-remix.org/node/20
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MU-ITAuthor Commented:
Yes, I can contact the backup server withe system up.  I believe it is the nic card that is not being installed
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MU-ITAuthor Commented:
Can anybody point me in the right drivection as far as where I may get the nic driver
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rindiCommented:
I don't know what specific NIC is used in those servers, and also I don't usually use g4u (I prefer the livecd tool I mentioned), so I'm not sure how g4u handles a LAN. Have you tried using a 2nd HD for the images (either USB or one connected internally to the server)?
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Gabriel OrozcoSolution ArchitectCommented:
from this page:http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/eserver/xseries/cog/x306/x306aag.html:
This system also provides dual integrated Intel gigabit Ethernet controllers (WOL, ASF 2.0)
(more complete details here: http://servers.alege.net/IBM-xSeries-306-88361su-Server.html)


you need to check if these were detected by your netbsd with
ifconfig -a
as per the documentation site: http://www.feyrer.de/g4u/#ifconfig

I wonder if netbsd does not have this driver... but you can try with intel based drivers.
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MU-ITAuthor Commented:
I used your idea on getting help with g4u.  I signed up and received a response from Michael D. Setzer II [mikes@kuentos.guam.net].  He provided me with a link to a project called G4L ISO image.  The backup is going now.  I don't know about the out come yet.  Thanks for your help.
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rindiCommented:
Your welcome
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