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hank43 05-08-2004 04:57 PM

system backup process 4 win2k & linux
i have 3 similar systems running rh9 and win2k, grub is the bootloader. rh9 is using ext3 fs and win2k is currently using ntfs. what would be the best way to backup these systems so that i can quickly restore it in the event of a disaster? i really liked norton ghost but the backup process is too manual and i don't want a 2nd hd in every system just for images.

I was planning on having 1 system for backup purposes that would have 2 drives in a raid1 setup with system images sent to it over the lan.

mount the ext3 and ntfs partitions in linux, tar the partitions and ftp to the raid box?

Rsync? (still reading up on it)

GNU Parted & then ftp?

Partimage (still reading, seems to have network support)

ideally, i'd like something to run nightly to backup my systems with something that doesn't require user interaction.

i heard ntfs could cause issues, I am using primarily for the space effeciency rather than fat16, i am open to using fat32 (as long as it is space efficeint with file storeage) on a new install after a manual copy of my win2k data.

vdogvictor 05-09-2004 12:26 AM

ftp from win2K and make it a scheduled task.

hank43 05-09-2004 01:26 AM

if you are suggesting using ghost to backup and then ftp the images, i don't think that will work since you need to be in dos to use ghost

vdogvictor 05-09-2004 01:31 AM

I just meant make a .bat file (list of command prompt commands) and make it a scheduled task to run at 10 every day or whenever. just ftp the c:\ (this is when I realized you won't be able to ftp linux so sorry for the bad advice) maybe you could make a shell script in linux to ftp to the ip of the backup computer.

hank43 05-11-2004 04:00 AM

would mounting the FS in linux, tar & then ftp to another box work? I know this won't work for ntfs, how about a fat32 based win2k system?

vdogvictor 05-11-2004 09:56 PM

I don't know if it is necesary to tar it...but you can mount an NTFS drive in linux you just have to install the driver for it. But yes it would be easier w/ FAT32

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