Recommendations to backup on a MAC to allow for a "full metal" restore"

Hello experts,
Does anyone have any recommendations for a backup solution for OS X Mavericks or Yosemite running the server app?

You no longer get media, so I'm looking for what I need to do to make sure I can fully restore the machine should it fail. By fail, I mean catastrophic fail, as in I have to either completely replace the hard drive, or even the whole machine. In this case I have a Mac Mini running Yosemite with the server app.

There are a lot of options for the files themselves, but what about the OS including OS configurations, users accounts, permissions, applications (such as the server app that was downloaded), etc.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Carbon Copy Cloner is a decent tool for exactly what you need:

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If I'm not mistaken, the disk utility (or whatever it is called) that comes with a MAC should be able to make a backup image to either the built-in disk, as well as to USB/Firewire disks. Besides that it should also be able to clone directly to such attached disks and you should be able to boot directly from them.

You should also be able to download OS installation images directly from the Apple web-site.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
It is a Time Machine. But Carbon Cloner is more easy to use.
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ChiITAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delayed response, over the weekend I downloaded Carbon Cloner to check it out. Do you know if a backup using Carbon Copy Cloner will backup things like ACL's, user accounts, etc? Since this is a server there are setups on it for multiple user access.

I downloaded Cloner over the weekend and can see where it can easily backup files, but it didnt seem as clear for system related settings like the above..
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
The CCCloner creates the same structure on backup target drive like one you have on MacOSX drive. Then copies all files.
See video tutorial:

Same approach is used by SuperDuper:
ChiITAuthor Commented:
That's perfect, thank you very much
hi noxcho, does CCCloner restrict the copying of Time Machine backup files?
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