Imaging to new system

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Mon Dec 31 08:19:47 PST 2007

Robert Fitzpatrick <lists at> writes:

> On Sun, 2007-12-30 at 11:10 -0700, Darren Spruell wrote:
>> On Dec 30, 2007 10:54 AM, Robert Fitzpatrick <lists at> wrote:
>> > I have a server running 5.4-RELEASE using RAID-5 on an Intel RAID
>> > controller that I need to move to faster RAID. Is it possible to image
>> > or some other way to save the current install and restore after setting
>> > up the RAID or should I just plan to reinstall everything?
>> Running dump(8) and restore(8) would allow you to back up and restore
>> your system.
>> This is typically used with tape, although you can dump to disk as well.
>> If your data/system is critical, you ought to already have some backup
>> strategy you could restore the system from to your new RAID. If not,
>> you might put one in place (RAID != backups).
> Yes, of course, we have data backup and can restore after reinstalling
> everything, but I was looking for a complete system restore option. I'll
> look into these docs, thanks. There is no tape system, so I guess the
> only hope is if it can be dumped and restored from an NFS drive. From
> looking at the docs, it does appear this is possible, as long as the
> data in on a fs mounted by fstab?

Another possibility is to dump to stdout, and pipe that over ssh. 

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