[ILUG] Disaster Recovery
John P. Looney
valen at tuatha.org
Mon Nov 1 10:58:32 GMT 2004
On Sat, Oct 30, 2004 at 06:09:14PM +0100, Darren Burnett mentioned:
> Looking to implement DR for our Linux boxes. All are RHAS 2.1 + 3. We will
> need to be able to do a DR to different hardware. Has anybody done this and
> are there any recommended steps. Also we are using TSM for our backups so if
> anybody has steps for this product it would be appreciated, but any advice or
> tips on how to DR to different hardware is fine.
Linux is very hardware-agnostic, compared to Windows. 99% of the time,
all you have to do is rsync one machine to another, change
/etc/modules.conf and /etc/fstab as needed, then run lilo or grub to build
up a boot block. As long as you've done a trial rebuild or two, you should
So, you now need decent backups. I've been playing with some software
called "Bacula" recently. It's quite good, but needs a fair bit of
per-client configuration. One of the nice things it seems to do is
"disaster recovery". It'll build you a boot floppy that'll connect back to
the Bacula server & restore all the files & build the bootblock/partition
etc. for you.
That sounds like what you need. Needless to say, don't believe it till
you've tested it a few times.
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