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Clonezilla Live

Posted 06-12-2009 at 04:29 PM by archtoad6

I lead the Samba & Network Administration SIG (Special Interest Group) at HAL-PC (www.hal-pc.org) here in Houston. For the last few sessions we have been in a "Disaster Recovery Arc" -- trying out various Free Software/Open Source bare metal back-up & restore software. Last Saturday, June 6, 2009, one of our members gave an excellent presentation on Clonezilla Live.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clonezilla
http://www.clonezilla.org/

Another one of our members had previously made us an XP "guinea pig" box, so Juan Carlos backed it up to a 16G USB flash drive using his Clonezilla LiveCD.

To show that he really had backed it up, I then installed "Service Pack Omega" (SimplyMEPIS 7) on it, & we rebooted to MEPIS to prove that all of the "Winders" infection was gone. Unfortunately, to prove that Clonezilla works, we then had to restore the "infection" from the USB flash drive w/ the LiveCD & reboot to XP, showing that the restoration had indeed taken place.

It worked easily & just as we expected.

I only regret not making a backup of the SimplyMEPIS install to use in future tests.

We did not have the time, or 2nd box set up, to play w/ the Clonezilla Server -- maybe in a future session.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DRBL
http://drbl.sourceforge.net/
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