Originally Posted by koopa13
If I want to restore an full backup of AMANDA, will it restore the OS along with the files or does it just restore all the files in /
I have not used Amanda for it, but from what I read on their forums, it's possible to do SOMETHING like it, but seems a bit more involved that I'd like to get in a 'dead server' situation.
Take a look at mondoarchive, mkcdrec, or systemimager. I've had good luck with them. Mondoarchive gives you a bootable ISO image, suitable for CD or DVD, and even network booting. If you're going to identical hardware, you're able to literally boot from the disk, press ENTER twice, and let it roll. You're left with a working server...identical to what you had when you took the image. Amanda would be a great solution for day-to-day backups, if you nuked a file, etc., but for whole systems, it's problematic.