Matthew Rosewarne on 29 Jun 2008 14:08:56 -0700

[Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: [PLUG] Server h/w migration?

On Friday 27 June 2008, JP Vossen wrote:
> 1)	Do a fresh install to the new machine
> 	Duplicate packages
> 		(risk missing anything not packaged)
> 	rsync /etc/, data, etc. over the wire, or via USB hard drive

Two utilities you might want to try are pkgsync and cruft.  pkgsync keeps a 
set of packages consistent across several machines, and cruft is useful for 
finding any non-packaged files (but excluding automatically-generated files).

> 2)	Set up mirrored LVM partitions
> 	rsync over more-or-less everything
> 	Update fstab to handle the LVM/mirror
> 		Risk missing LVM/md packages

Don't do this, machine-specific files will likely cause problems or build up 
as junk.

> I also see the Debian Lenny is supposed to ship in September 2008
> (
> I don't *think* I want to wait until late fall to migrate to the new
> hardware, though I might consider if someone has a compelling reason.
> Actually, 1 machine has to go to hosting sooner and 1 is trivial enough
> to not worry about, and 1 is Ubuntu, so I'm really just talking about 1
> server.  However, it's my main, critical one, with current H/W RAID, so...

Lenny is going into freeze, and the number of updated packages has slowed to a 
trickle.  It makes more sense to go with lenny than with etch at this point, 
but make sure you enable unstable with a pin and the testing security updates. 
EtchAndAHalf is something of a hack, I wouldn't recommend it.

Attachment: signature.asc
Description: This is a digitally signed message part.

Philadelphia Linux Users Group         --
Announcements -
General Discussion  --