troubleshooting Question

CentOS: How to Back Up and Restore Full Server

Avatar of Philip Elder
Philip ElderFlag for Canada asked on
LinuxStorage SoftwareLinux Distributions
6 Comments2 Solutions36644 ViewsLast Modified:
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. :(
Ruel TmeizehOwner

Our community of experts have been thoroughly vetted for their expertise and industry experience.

Join our community to see this answer!
Unlock 2 Answers and 6 Comments.
Start Free Trial
Learn from the best

Network and collaborate with thousands of CTOs, CISOs, and IT Pros rooting for you and your success.

Andrew Hancock - VMware vExpert
See if this solution works for you by signing up for a 7 day free trial.
Unlock 2 Answers and 6 Comments.
Try for 7 days

”The time we save is the biggest benefit of E-E to our team. What could take multiple guys 2 hours or more each to find is accessed in around 15 minutes on Experts Exchange.

-Mike Kapnisakis, Warner Bros