Michael Leone on 14 Jun 2008 13:31:14 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] utility to image a linux host?

JP Vossen wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 10:49 AM, Morgan Jones <morgan@morganjones.org> 
> wrote:
>>> I was talking to a coworker recently about 'flarcreate,' a solaris 
>>> utillity that creates an image of a system that can be used to
>>> re-create a system either manually or via Jumpstart. It's very
>>> handy for re-creating production environments in test or taking an
>>> ad-hoc backup, say, before an upgrade.
>>> Does such a utility exist for Linux (RHEL/Debian/Ubuntu)? I know it
>>> can be done with dd but I'm looking for error checking and some
>>> awareness of the filesystem. In particular, flarcreate will not
>>> backup empty space and can be told to exclude paths.
> I'm not familiar with 'flarcreate' (nice play on words though), but 
> based on your description, these might interest you:
> G4L - Ghost for Linux
> 	http://sourceforge.net/projects/g4l

I've used this; it was the only one of Ghost and Clonezilla and 
DriveImageXML that was able to properly copy one of my ext3 disk. I was 
slightly confused by the menu, but then, I'm old and stupid. :-)

> g4u - Ghost for Unix: Harddisk Image Cloning for PCs
> 	http://www.feyrer.de/g4u/
> Clonezilla, the opensource clone system (ext2/3, LVM2, FAT, NTFS and more)
> 	http://clonezilla.sourceforge.net/
> Similar to GHOST Software, has a low-end free edition
> 	http://www.miray.de/products/sat.hdclone.html
> Partition Imager (Open Source) for Linux, some NTFS
> 	http://www.partimage.org/
> System Imager (Open Source) for Linux
> 	http://www.systemimager.com/
> Cloning machines with dd and nc
> 	http://www.rajeevnet.com/hacks_hints/os_clone/os_cloning.html
> Copy entire hard drives
> 	http://www.pcinspector.de/clone-maxx/uk/welcome.htm
> FAI (Fully Automatic Installation) for Debian
> 	http://www.informatik.uni-koeln.de/fai/

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