ez way to backup a redhat workstation

Posted on 2009-12-27
Last Modified: 2013-12-06
I have rhel 5.x and want to backup the whole disk with compression.  

I have a usb hard drive.  Booting from a Cd and backing up sounds like what I want to do.  

Has to be ez and quick.  I do have  fedora 12 Cd sitting in front of me :)

Question by:TIMFOX123
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    I suggest you use the Parted Magic Live CD:
    It's small and contains pretty much all tools you may want to try.

    In detail these backup tools are: Clonezilla, G4L (Ghost for Linux), and PartImage.
    For most of these there is also documentation available on the CD.
    Clonezilla is easy and quick; PartImage takes a couple of minutes to understand. I never used G4L, actually, but if it is anywhere close to the DOS/Windows tool that sponsored its name, then it will be self-explaining.
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    I use multiple tools to image linux system only (my best one is mondo) ,
    1- use Mondo Rescue to clone linux systems:

    2- You can use dd also. dd if=/dev/somedisk of=/dev/somedestination

    3- rsync scripting

    4- netcat
    On the source server: (cd / && tar -cvf - ) | nc 2000
    On the destination:: nc -l -p 2000 | tar -xvf -



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    Tell me a litttle more about netcat.   I can boot from a knoppix Cd and transfer my whole image to a different box ?  

    I want to do a "bare metal" restore, boot directory and all.  It will be back to the same hard drive.

    I also will need to do a restore :)

    boot block and all.
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    now am using mondo ....did you try mondo.... , use Mondo rescue to clone linux based systems: the past i used dd,netcat,partimage and amanda... actually there's a tutorial on network dd with netcat,  if you search goooooooooooooooooogle for "dd over netcat" you ll get some info

    however i've used the dd + netcat + live CD procedure with success in the past, check out...


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    Great job !!

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