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Background:  I have a Red Hat Enterprise 5 server in a production environment.  It is a quad core 4gb machine w/ the OS on a hardware Raid 1 setup.  It runs one software application managed via ssh from the software company located in Austria; they completely maintain this application.  Each night we backup the directory specified via the software company.  I am not confident that this backup is enough, this is an absolute mission critical application for the company.  I check daily the hard-drives (visually ensure that the lights are not indicating hard drive failure) and that the backups run and transfer duplicate backups offsite each night.   I am not fluent in Linux, and know only the basics, probably quite a bit less.  What is the best method to make a complete backup or clone or virtual clone of this system?  I am looking for a solution that could be restored "quickly" should a disaster occur.  My concern with Ghost or Acronis is that as the server is 2 years old, finding the identical hardware may be a concern.  My concern with a virtual system is that there is a Serial Modem attached to this system for faxed quotations on the sales side and have not had great luck with serial ports on VM's.
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Newer Acronis and Shadowprotect ( ? ) both allow restoring images to dissimilar hardware.

Linux is also less picky in most cases.

 I hope this helps !
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Arkeia Network Backup comes with preconfigured disk-based backups, automated disk-to-disk-to-tape chaining, GUI based excludes and includes, and extensive preconfigured backup reports.
@ http://www.arkeia.com/en/products/platform-support/linux
@ http://www.arkeia.com/en/products/arkeia-network-backup/replication-server

Some datasheet @ http://www.arkeia.com/en/products/datasheets

It has quite an extensive support and presence in open source as well
@ http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117555/49/

Probably you may be interested in rsnapshot for making backups of local and remote systems
@ http://www.rsnapshot.org/
@ http://www.mikerubel.org/computers/rsync_snapshots/
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