Disaster recovery.

P.U.Kruppa ulrich at pukruppa.net
Fri Oct 6 09:48:16 PDT 2006

On Fri, 6 Oct 2006, Grant Peel wrote:

> Is it possible to boot the machine using a 'live' freebsd silesystem via cd? 
> Then setup the /mnt , setup the new filesystems, then use restore to briung 
> the real data to the disk?
> I guess my question really should have been, if you install a new disk, or re 
> newfs a disk, how do you start the machine, a freebsd boot disk?
> (without installing freebsd to the machine that the restore are going to 
> overwrite anyway!).
I am afraid you really have to describe your situation more 

>From what I gather you seem to have a broken server and want to 
rescue some files from it to a freshly setup one.

If this is the case, I would take a screw driver, fetch the hard 
disk from the old box, plug it into the new one and mount it 
somewhere on your new filesystem.

Or I got it all wrong, in this case please do excuse my 



> -Grant
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Peter A. Giessel" <pgiessel at mac.com>
> To: "Grant Peel" <gpeel at thenetnow.com>
> Cc: "freeBSD" <freebsd-questions at freebsd.org>
> Sent: Friday, October 06, 2006 11:47 AM
> Subject: Re: Disaster recovery.
>> On 2006/10/06 5:34, Grant Peel seems to have typed:
>>> so the question is ... if I have the dumps on one machine, and I just
>>> installed a new hard drive on another, in a nutshell, what are the steps 
>>> to
>>> restore the failed server. Can I use the FreeBSD 'live' filesystem? Is 
>>> ther
>>> a step by step (that I have not found) in the handbook somewhere?
>> Honestly, the man pages are your friend in these situations, especially
>> the restore man page:
>> http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=restore&apropos=0&sektion=0&manpath=FreeBSD+6.1-RELEASE&format=html
>> See the "-r" flag especially, which includes a brief example.  If you
>> are restoring from another machine, things get a bit more interesting
>> though, which is why I always like to keep around a Freesbie disk.
>> http://www.freesbie.org/
>> Its nice to have a full OS on a CD available for use.
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