rescue cd with networkign and ssh!

Devin Teske dteske at
Thu Jan 20 19:24:49 UTC 2011

On Thu, 2011-01-20 at 13:53 +0000, Paul Macdonald wrote:
> Hi,
> can any recommend a live cd (any distro) that will mount ufs and has 
> networking+sshd.

How about DruidBSD?

Bullet Points:
- ISO is 24MB
- Contains over 150 standard (and some non-standard) BSD utilities
- Runs entirely from memory
- Is based on FreeBSD-8.1
- Includes the tmpfs kernel module (should you need to allocate more
disk space from RAM)
- Works from optical media (CD/DVD) and USB flash drives
- Utilizes crunchgen to maintain tiny footprint
- Designed to be a fully-operational FreeBSD distribution for embedded
devices but doubles as an amazing rescue-disc
- Graphical boot-loader

Full Disclosure: I'm the author.


1. Download either DruidBSD-X.Y.iso (24MB) or Druid-X.Y.iso (same as
former, but adds valuable diagnostic utilities such as windiag, memtest,
seatools, dban, and killdisk; 32MB).

2. Burn to optical media _or_ use dd(1) to write directly to thumb drive
_or_ load it directly into a VMware virtual machine's virtual-CDROM.

3. Boot. That's it.

NOTE: If doesn't load for you, try instead (the former produces a 302-redirect to
the latter which may not be followed by all HTTP clients).

> I've tried pc bsie (2.1, 2.0, 1.1) which doesn't even seem to work on a 
> test machine here , won;t mount the /dev/cd image ( folder is 0 bytes in 
> iso) .
> Ubuntu live will boot the box and sshd can be installed but it won;t 
> mount the disks (apparently it needs a custom kernel).
> the live cd image needs to work in a datacenter.
> thanks
> Paul.

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