Backup/Clone Physical machine

I am wanting to find out if there is any software that will allow us to backup/clone a physical machine to another machine in some sort of incremental type schedule. So rather than having a machine being backed up and then restoring that image to another machine, having something that constantly replicated one psychical machine to another?

I thought Shadow Protect or veaam might have had something like this, but so far I have not found what I am looking for.
Josh RoweSystems AdministratorAsked:
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
You need to look on the task from the different perspective. Instead of live replication you can perform regular disk copies. Or disk copies with Increment.
And for this the both disks must be in the same machine. So disk 1 is cloned to disk 2. If no RAID is used this will run without any problem. Once needed you put the disk 2 into second machine and boot it from this disk.
Note, your hardware must be identical for this. Or you need a tool which adjusts the OS to new hardware such as Paragon P2P Adjust OS. Which you can find on their bootable CD for Hard Disk Manager 15.
you could try VMware vCenter Converter transforms your Windows- and Linux-based physical machines and third-party image formats to VMware virtual machines. - See more at:
MurfurFull Stack DeveloperCommented:
If I understand you properly, you want to run a parallel mirror machine that is constantly up to date with it's sibling. Sort of the ultimate failover...

I think there will be some trickery required, but what OS are we talking about?
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Mr TorturSystem EngineerCommented:
I don't understand wether you are looking for a DoubleTake style replication software (live replication on a second physical identical host, with auto or manual failover), or an Acronis style backup (first full then incremental).
Also that is true you could do it ("incrementally") with VMware converter, but it wll be for P2V migration and I don't think that is what you are looking for..
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
If you use Linux, you could use DRBD.
It's basically a RAID1 over the network.

I don't think you can boot on a DRBD partition, so you may want to use a memory stick/card for the kernel and put the rest on the shared partition. This way you'll have 1:1 replicas continually updated.

Josh RoweSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
@ Murfur, yea you are correcr, thats exactly what I would like to do. @ Mr tortur, ideally automatic failover is what we would like, but manual would be more than sufficient. Basically we will have 2 identical physical machines, the first machine will be the server or primary machine we want to replicate to the secondary/failover. In the event of a massice hardware failure on the first the second system can be brought up in very little time.
Mr TorturSystem EngineerCommented:
ok, well, also I installed it a few times (3) for customers it was several years ago.
So maybe you got to look at what I told you precisely, see if it still exists and works.
Apparently they still have a site ;-)

But back in the time when I used Double Take Availability it was for this type of use. Also you could do other type of replication thant the one on one failover, also it was the most used and seen case.
I did that for an Oracle server, for a file server (which was somehow specific..., and a application server).
Failover can be autmatic but back in the days I remember Double Take specialists advise me to stay in manual if possible for the customer. Why? because failover can be very fast, but failback is not and must be planned off hours.
I think it would answer your needs.

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Josh RoweSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Thanks very much, it sounds like exactly what we are looking for, I will have have a thorough look into it and let you know I go.
Mr TorturSystem EngineerCommented:
Well back in the days I remember it was a great replication software, which can do block or file replication. Also the failback is a little heavy, it sounds normal to me in the solution design.
I made a failover and failback test a few times, and it works really fine when well configured.

But remember that if you install and configure it, my advice is you must do failover test (more or less as if the production server was lost) in order to really validate the solution.
It is the same as for a backup, but maybe more critical : if you install it badly it won't work and so it will be useless and on top of that a loose of time and money. And for a replication solution you expect it to work immediately or almost.
Note that I don't work for them (vision solutions), never had, and don't work with them anymore for a few years.
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