Build a duplicate system - but upgrade OS version?

Alex de Kruijff freebsd at
Tue Nov 11 17:55:49 PST 2003

On Tue, Nov 11, 2003 at 03:34:23PM -0600, W. D. wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I have a FreeBSD 4.4 webserver that's been working fine for nearly 2 years.
> This computer was purchased from a systems integrator, so I am not
> intimately familiar with how it was configured.
> I would like to build another machine that would be nearly identical,
> having all the same software and functionality, but use the latest
> production OS.  Is there a cheat sheet somewhere that would give the 
> salient information to do this?  What are the *SEQUENTIAL* steps 
> to accomplish this?

Do you wan't to have a better understanding of FreeBSD or do you just
want a quick way to doing this?

> I've looked at the handbook & did a Google search already:
> ("duplicate server" OR "clone server" OR "copy server configuration")
> Are there some config files that I could duplicate?

Most port place there config files in /usr/local/etc/ or
/usr/local/X11R6/etc/ but there are exeptions to this rule.

> How about my IPFW firewall?  How can that be transferred?  

The system config files are located in /etc. The firewall is part of
this. One special config file is /etc/rc.conf which determen what gets
loaded of the OS during boot. Scripts in /usr/local/etc/rc.d loads the
ports during boot.

> Are there other programs like IPFW, that aren't listed in 
> pkg_info?

Everthing thats part of the main system isn't listed by pkg_info.


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