Fastest way to get an entire FBSD system back online?
wblock at wonkity.com
Thu Mar 3 17:23:11 UTC 2011
On Thu, 3 Mar 2011, John Levine wrote:
>>> It's not as automated as the Windows approach, but if you know what
>>> you're doing it's mostly limited by the speed of the disks. ...
>> Unlike "Windows", UNIX gives you the ability to create a fully
>> programmable automated approach according to your needs, e. g. for
>> multiple installations, defective systems can be booted via LAN, USB
>> or CD, ...
> Of course. But the more interesting question is whether anyone's done
> that, e.g., a script to put dumps and a description of the disk setup
> on a backup device, and a boot image that will take the description
> and the dumps and put them back. As far as I know, nobody has.
Sometimes called "bare-metal restore". The tools are there, but I
haven't seen it done with FreeBSD, either. Handling media changes might
be a little tricky for, say, a multi-DVD restore. And of course it
should have a suitably scary "This will destroy the system you are
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