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how to take a golden image on linux

khilari
Regular Advisor

how to take a golden image on linux

Hi guys, well in hp-ux one can make an ignite tape to restore the system at the same patch level as before. What can you do for red hat linux. I have a dl380-g5 server and want to stay ready for disaster recovery.
Thanks
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Ivan Ferreira
Honored Contributor

Re: how to take a golden image on linux

You can use Mondo Rescue, acronis o systemImager.
Por que hacerlo dificil si es posible hacerlo facil? - Why do it the hard way, when you can do it the easy way?
khilari
Regular Advisor

Re: how to take a golden image on linux

can you do that using data protector
Ivan Ferreira
Honored Contributor

Re: how to take a golden image on linux

>>> can you do that using data protector

No you can't do it with data protector. Data protector provides DR solutions for Windows only, and it's not too good starting from Windows 2003.
Por que hacerlo dificil si es posible hacerlo facil? - Why do it the hard way, when you can do it the easy way?
Steven E. Protter
Exalted Contributor

Re: how to take a golden image on linux

Shalom,

Ivan is fast, acronis is the most flexible reliable tool in the bunch.

I also recently replicated a system with ghost for linux. It has nothing to do with Norton Ghost. Its a bootable cd-rom based Linux that replicates systems very nicely. Its not fast but it also works.

Another method.

If you have a server with Raid 1 mirroring of the boot drive, take the mirror drive out and use it to boot another sever of the same type off network. Change its hostname and ip address and WALA, you have replicated a server.

Nothing is as good as Ignite and I've agitated HP to port Ignite to Linux for 5 years now to no avail.

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dirk dierickx
Honored Contributor

Re: how to take a golden image on linux

you can create kickstart images of servers, these are mostly the same as jumpstart on solaris.

it will rebuild your system over the network.

Re: how to take a golden image on linux

Personally, I never had much luck with the Mondo/Mindi solution (I was never able to restore a server with it), and the last time I looked, Acronis did not support LVM. Though we do use Acronis very successfully in our Windows environment.

If you want a Linux recovery solution that supports LVM, I would look at Storix SBAdmin.
http://www.storix.com/
It does have a couple of (shall we say) features that need to be worked
around. But, once you get it figured out, there is nothing (that I was able to find) that is better for server recovery/installation.
It will also do backups...but, I use Data Protector as my daily backup
solution.

If you use Ignite-UX in a HP-UX environment, you will appreciate this product.

Ted