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make_tape_recovery for Linux

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make_tape_recovery for Linux

Is there a procedure or script similar to HP-UX make_tape_recovery on RHEL?
Valued Contributor

Re: make_tape_recovery for Linux

No, but try...
Mondo Rescue is a GPL disaster recovery solution. It supports Linux (i386, x86_64, ia64) and FreeBSD (i386). It's packaged for multiple distributions (RedHat, RHEL, SuSE, SLES, Mandriva, Debian, Gentoo).

It supports tapes, disks, network and CD/DVD as backup media, multiple filesystems, LVM, software and hardware Raid.
Ask and you shall receive

Re: make_tape_recovery for Linux

I tried the Mondo/Mindi solution a couple of different times but never had much luck with restoring a system.

After evaluating several different solutions, this is the product we ended up purchasing:

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

BTW, I use it in a SLES (SuSE) environment.


Re: make_tape_recovery for Linux

I also was looking quite some time for a simple backup/restore tool for Linux. A few weeks ago I stumbled across the following:

Looks quite promising to me.

- Command line driven
- Supports backup media: Tape, CD, DVD
- CD/DVD medias are bootable (it also claims to support OBDR [One Button Disaster Recovers] for tapes)
- Boot image is based on current kernel, this includes all required drivers for special hardware (RAID controllers, etc)
- full support for SW Raid
- and more

Backup is based on TAR archives with compression and splitting across multiple medias.The restoration process can be fully automatic or with interaction of the user. This allows e.g. restoring only one single partition.

Honored Contributor

Re: make_tape_recovery for Linux

I use mondo also..

I've had no problem with it to date.
Here are my notes:


Change init defaut to 2
comment out all ocmp/ss7 processes


# Default runlevel. The runlevels used by RHS are:
# 0 - halt (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
# 1 - Single user mode
# 2 - Multiuser, without NFS (The same as 3, if you do not have networking)
# 3 - Full multiuser mode
# 4 - unused
# 5 - X11
# 6 - reboot (Do NOT set initdefault to this)


you have now boot into init 2.

make the backup as per: BACKUP to FILE (bootable ISO) below

Retrieve: ( OCBU is not authorized to redistribute it).


May also need afio:

BACKUP to FILE (bootable ISO)
mkdir /tmp/bkup
mondoarchive -Oi -d /tmp/bkup -E /tmp/bkup -l LILO -f /dev/cciss/c0d0

(-f see in /etc/lilo.conf boot=/dev/cciss/c0d0 )

mondoarchive -Oi -d /tmp/bkup -E /tmp/bkup -l GRUB -f /dev/cciss/c0d0

(mondo with GRUB bootloader had a bug, you used to need to boot in rescue mode using the busybox shell to reinstall grub)

At the end of the archive...

Writing boot+data floppy images to disk
Write boot and data disk images to 3.5" floppy disks? [yes] [no]
--> no

ftp the /tmp/bkup/1.iso to local PC renamed as hostname.iso

on PC start CD creator
click make a data CD -> dataCDproject
file -> new CD project -> bootable CD
cancel the Type of bootable CD window

file -> record CD from CD image
browse and select your hostname.iso file
click open and start recording

To restore the system I just typed "nuke"
It works for me (tm)