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vlk72 02-05-2003 12:19 PM

Equivalent of Norton Ghost for Linux?
Wondering if there is an equivalent of Norton Ghost for Linux (using RH8) so I can create a backup image of the OS. Any idea??

crabboy 02-05-2003 12:59 PM

you can create an image with dd.

dd if=/dev/vg1/home of=./home.img
If you are using this to craete backups there are better ways, like cpio or tar.

MikeeX 02-05-2003 02:45 PM

Now with 'dd' are you able to then put that on CD so you can boot and restore later? More info on that would be awesome, I might want to look into that.


Lazarus 02-06-2003 06:20 AM

I use dd to archive an image of a bootable cd ie
dd if=/dev/hdc of=dumpfile
To save my linux partition to tape or another disk/partition as root
I type

cd /
tar -cpvlzf nnn

where for expmple nnn is /dev/st0 for scsi tape
or /disk2/dumpfile.taz in my case to dump to my 2nd hd
hope this helps

vlk72 02-06-2003 06:51 AM

Gee thanks, even I was hoping to find something easier and straightforward like Ghost.

atko 02-06-2003 03:31 PM

I think the latest version of Norton Ghost now supports the linux file system. I did manage to create a backup of my system and write to cd albeit it was spammed over 4 cds. However the problem I encountered was it would not restore. I know this is of no use to you if you cannot restore it but the backup claimed it was successful. Maybe someone could explain to me where they think I went wrong if they have tried a similar thing themselves. If you want to check out latest Ghost and try it out, i hope you have more success. Incidentally I used Ghost 2001.

Good luck


vlk72 02-06-2003 04:43 PM

Thanks for your reply,
we use Norton Ghost quite a lot at work, remember reading once about Linux support, but cannot find any info on the latest Ghost 2002. I have seen some other programs around, but still beta versions, looking for something more reliable.

mechatron 02-06-2003 05:28 PM

Ghost 2003 will _apparently_ do it

RJ_Mouse 08-06-2003 10:51 PM

Equivalent of Norton Ghost for Linux?
Another product that images a drive/partition is "Drive Image" by a company named "Power Quest." Drive Image was up to version 6.x, when I last checked. The big plus to this product is that it images DOS, Linux (Ext2/3), MS Win (Fat 16/32, NTFS v4/v5), and O/S2's HPFS. I use Drive Image and Ghost, I like Drive Image better!!!

DrOzz 08-07-2003 12:59 AM

yes norton ghost 2002 or later should work when making an image, and if it doesn't boot i think all you have to do is re-configure lilo ..
you can even look into GNU Parted or mondo rescue which are linux based backup utilitys...

jakoma 08-08-2003 09:19 PM

Ghost Success!! (not the best case though)
I have successfully been able to use Symantec Ghost 7.0 to ghost a RedHat 8.0 disk.

Here is the catch.... the only way that has worked has been a disk to disk. I've been trying a bunch of wireless configurations and need to restore back to a certain point when I "f" everything up... I keep the origional on an IDE HD & slave it in when I need to restore. Not pritty.. but functional. ;-)


Donboy 10-07-2003 10:45 PM

Wait, I'm confused... I've been looking at Norton Ghost and everything I've seen says that you really should run Ghost on the drive you're backing up. Well, that means they should offer a Linux version for download, right? Everything I've seen suggest that they only have Windows versions. Same for Drive Image.

I've tried Ghost and I couldn't find a way to make an image of a network drive even if I wanted to. But like I said, their documentation says it's inadvisable.

How have you all been doing it? Over the network or on the local machine? If you're running it on the local machine, where can I find tar or rpms for that?

frandalla 10-07-2003 10:54 PM

You can do network and local backup tasks using Mondo Rescue. It has a simple GUI that's very friendly -although if you want it to be very powerful you'll need to do some man pages reading but it's not really difficult - and you can even crontab it! very good utility, use it to backup through NFS mount very easiy.

Donboy 10-07-2003 11:16 PM

Well, if I had my choice, I'd like to be able to backup over my LAN from a Windows machine. That's why I was originally interested in Ghost. I'd like to be able to backup my Linux box over a mapped Network drive (via Samba) from my Windows machine.

That's how I'd /like/ to do it, but if that's not advisable or not practical then I'd prefer to have something that I can manipulate it using SSH so I can run it from my Windows machine. Can Mondo do that?

jayakrishnan 10-08-2003 12:03 AM

how abt dump and restore command

Evilone 10-08-2003 05:12 AM

Ghost 7.5 corporate works perfectly. Use a dos bootdisk, fire ghost and back up. Also works over multicast as i use it where i work to clone dual and single linux boots..:D

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