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brokenpromises 12-11-2007 11:08 PM

Backing up an entire system

I'm wondering if there is any way to back up an entire system (Running windows) onto a Linux backup server?

Any ideas at all? Just brainstorming.


chrism01 12-12-2007 12:57 AM

You could try Amanda: (quick version: )
Certainly does MS and any kind of Unix/Linux.
Not sure if it does 'entire system' (MS), may depend on your definition.

colucix 12-12-2007 01:18 AM

Another good tool is Bacula:

yongitz 12-12-2007 01:28 AM

Here's another one though I haven't used it myself yet...

brokenpromises 12-12-2007 03:08 AM

By "Entire System", I mean the ability to pretty much ghost the M$ system and then archive it over to a storage server (Which is running a flavor of Linux).

Also, security is a issue, so I'm thinking samba's out? How to secure the process if samba must be used?

dyasny 12-12-2007 03:48 AM

I use
clones anything you give it. actually replaced the expensive ghost server at work with this and a simple ftp server.

choogendyk 12-12-2007 06:45 AM

Obviously, your ongoing objectives and strategy will affect your choice.

g4u looks pretty cool as a disaster recovery mechanism. But then there's the issue of daily backups and incrementals. Couple it with BackupPC? For a one-off system that might work. To automate and set up regular procedures you might go to one of the other recommendations.

For Amanda, I like the quick start link on the wiki at Zmanda better than the 15 minute guide linked by chrism01. They also have a native Windows client now. You can find links to both at

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