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CentOS: How to Back Up and Restore Full Server

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Being a bit of a *NIX and *BSD neophyte I need a bit of help to solve a problem. I've put a lot of hours into FreeBSD but that was quite a few years ago and I'm not sure if I can ride that bike yet. :S

We have a CentOS VPS (Virtual Private Server) with full root access. We are running a number of proprietary server products on the VM.

In the Windows' world I would install our preferred backup product (ShadowProtect), back up the server, increment at last moment, shut down, then restore the backup to whatever the destination is to be.

We need to get our CentOS based VPS off the current host (they seem to have an internal blow-up that has not killed everything but we are definitely hitting performance issues) and restored on another. I've looked at the CentOS help pages and nothing speaks specifically to our current need though that is probably more due to my own experience limitations.

I am pretty sure we have enough disk space to run the backup locally and then pull that file off.

Ask is this:
 1: Steps to fully back up CentOS locally
 2: Steps to restore that backup to a new Linux VPS instance

I would love to get my hands on the virtual hard disk (Xen) but the VPS provider is completely offline as far as support at this time. :(
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You can also take a look at CloneZilla.
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage
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@RuhNet This looks very promising thank you.

@Sikhumbuzo I will take a boo at this too.

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What about to use Clonezilla? you will need to boot using the ISO but you will be able to clone everything

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Thank you very much for the guidance.

I like the command set to just run it. That's pretty much what I was looking for. The additional pointers were also really helpful for looking at what we could be doing going forward.

Philip
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