My headless home server (RH8) is about to go from being a development box to a 'mission critical' server for my home business. I've been keeping tarball backups of the file system, but a recent spate of crashes (rpm-related) have forced me to completely reconsider my backup strategy. In a nutshell, I want to be able to restore a full backup as quickly and as simply as possible.
In the past, I have used Norton Ghost for my Windows machines and I really loved how easy it was. I also found it to be utterly bulletproof (I never had a corrupt backup and I did numerous restores, each in less than 25 minutes). In my dream world, I would like to leave the server headless and do the restore completely over a network connection, but for me the only critical things are speed and simplicity.
I would love some advice on the best way to backup/restore a headless linux server.