Ubuntu :: Backup And Create Restore Images For Operating System.
Aug 17, 2010
I've recently started using Ubuntu as my main desktop operating system and I'm looking for a backup solution that is able to backup not only my documents and various other files that I have on the system, but I also need it to backup and create restore images for the operating system.
Image Hard drive Ubuntu Operating system 9.10 Complete back up and restore. Changing over Hard Drives need a complete back up not just save files. So the image can be restored on any hard drive that restores the computer to its original state before it was imaged.
On my laptop I dual boot Ubuntu 8.04 and Windows XP. During the last upgrade of my Ubuntu distro something went wrong and now I get a messed up GUI. In the meanwhile I got a new laptop on which I only run Ubuntu 9.10. So my question is: I want to delete the linux partition on my old laptop and use only Windows XP but since I use grub to dual boot, I'm afraid that deleting the linux partition and extending the Windows partition will cause problems to boot my computer. Here's a screenshot of my partitions:
I am trying to restore my system to Ubuntu 10.10, using a system backup made with REMASTERSYS. When I reboot, I get the message: GRUB error:15 I found many threads discussing this issue, most notably here: [URL]
Recently I've backupped my entire /home folder on my laptop with grsynch trough ssh.Since I already had a simply text file containing all installed programs, I figured 'then, when i go from the backup trough my desktop, all my program settings will be restored if i run the txt file to install all those programs first.So i installed al programs, then i went from backup to /home on desktop, logged out and back in. Started up a random program (tried thunderbird and filezilla) and no settings were to be found.In retrospect, docky did start, but didnt have all the launchers i had on my laptop. so that could have been a clue.
I would like to create a bash menu script for my home server For instance if i were to type ./script It would then bring up 3 options
a. Create a backup b. Restore files from a backup c. Quit
If you were to select a or b it should then ask you were you want to backup or restore from. And if i were to type in an incorrect letter i should get an error and take me back to menu. I have attepmted this a view time now and have magaged to get the menu up using parameters
best/simplest way to back up my triple-boot machine, which has Karmic 32-bit, Karmic 64-bit and Windows 7 (64-bit) installed on 3 equal slices of the internal 1TB disk. There are a total of 6 partitions (1 primary+1 logical partition each for the two Karmic, and 2 primary partitions for Win7), and I would like to back it up on an external disk such that the whole system can be restored as-is by writing over the disk. I guess this means correctly backing up data+partition table+MBR, and I would also prefer backing up only the used portion of the disk (rather than creating a 1TB mostly empty image file).
To my knowledge the only way to reliably do this is with "dd" command, but I have never used it ("fsarchiver" seems to be the next best option, but it cannot back up MBR yet; and "partimage" does not have ext4 support). As described here and here, I should run the following commands from a live boot:
1) To back up entire data in compressed format (using 1MB read block to speed up the process):
dd if=/dev/sda bs=1MB | gzip > /backup/image.gz
2) To back up MBR+partition table (stored within the first 512 bytes of the disk): dd if=/dev/sda bs=512 count=1 of=/backup/image.mbr
I would like to find out how to back up a complete Ubuntu system, and then restore it on a clean harddisk.I have been running dual booting with Win XP until now. I am running Ubuntu 10.04, but have installed quite few add-on. I would like to make an Ubuntu-only machine now, with all the same apps still there, but dont want to go and download everything again. I am looking for a way I can back this entire Ubuntu installation up, and then restore it to a clean drive.
O/S: Fedora 12 I am newbie in linux. What I want to do is: Make backup for my file system, cos I learn how to configure servers. So if I made some thing wrong, I want to be able to restore the default setting for my files. Instated of install new O/S.
My manager at work asked me to setup an FTP server running LINUX. i had a post about some custom scripts and commands that i needed, so after i configured and set everything up, i got another assignment....here we go, i need to come up with a way of backing up the entire system, or creating a script that will setup,install and configure the FTP related features i have made working there.i am wondering what would be the most ideal/best and easy to do way to back up the system? the goal is : in case if HDD fails,r anything goes wrong.system can be restored in no time. this is still up in air thing, i offered taking some time on a weekend and setting up same system on say,ew drive, and swapping them when one goes bad... but what would be an alternatives
I just read the above article. Someone in Communist China has found a way to create a virus in the Android operating system. Android is a Linux fork.
It looks as though the virus is quite specific: it only works on certain apps downloaded from Communist China. I'm hoping that the Google Android version of Linux is different enough from the standard Linux it was "forked" off of that it will be of no concern to we desktop Linux users.
Does this mean that we Linux users must begin running anti-virus software as a continuous process now? What is the chance standard distros will be affected?
I wanted to know if there is variant of RollbackRX (www.rollbackrx.com.au) freeware or payable. RollbackRX used to Backup/Restore whole system changes in less than 1 minute before OS boot. And it does not consume a lot of free space.
First off, Ubuntu 10.4 is working great on my new laptop and I really enjoy it. And it is super fast. My question is now that I have everything all set up, all my packages, my windows settings, and my ATI driver, my updates, etc., I want to be able to keep it all. Maybe somebody could point me in the right direction or give me some better terminology. Would love to learn more about distros in the future. For now I just don't want to have to do all this updating again. There are a few things I have found like Clonezilla and others, but they seem to be a bit advanced and more for servers.
i am in need of linux help. iam at college and i need this back/restore script to pass this final part of an assessment. i require a backup script that will not only backup but also restore files to the relevent directories. e.g. users are instructed to store all wordprocessor files in a directory named wp. so i am needing to create a backup directory and 3 directories within that and some files within the 3 directories and then back them up ot restore them. l know i should/have to do this myself by been trying to get/understand info for the last few days and came up with zero.
Well I've decided to move all my data from one VPS to another, and Iwanted to know if there was a way from within Ubuntu to make a full system image backup,ch I can then just transfer to the new Ubuntu VPS, and restore it there ..Unfortunately my VPS control does not have any working backup option right now, so I can only make the backup manually from within Ubuntu, if there is a way to do it
is there a way to create a system restore disk or recovery partition ? somewhat like windows has. I do back up my files regularly but a back up of entire os system and settings would be handy.running ubuntu 10.10
I'm trying to create backup/archive my Ubuntu 10.04 system files (so I can restore it in case my system get corrupted). More specifically, I'm trying to zip the important files in my root directory not including my home directory (which includes my documents which I backup separately/more frequently) to an external hard drive attached via USB (called 'My Book').
Since File Roller didn't give me quite the level of control I was looking for, I created a script that I could execute to backup and archive regularly. Here's a snippet: cd /media/"My Book"/"Linux Backups" NOW=$(date +"%b-%d-%y") LOGFILE=Backup_Root_FileSystem-$NOW.log sudo zip -r -T -v Backup_Root_FileSystem-$NOW / -x /media/'My Book'* /media* /proc* /sys* /mnt* /dev* /cdrom* /home* /'lost+found'* | tee -a $LOGFILE
Attempting to create a backup script to copy files from one file system to a remote file system.
When I try this I get:
# tar -cf - /mnt/raid_md1 | gzip -c | ssh -i ~/.ssh/key -l firstname.lastname@example.org "cat > /mnt/backup/fileserver.md1.tar.gz" tar: Removing leading `/' from member names Pseudo-terminal will not be allocated because stdin is not a terminal. ssh: Could not resolve hostname cat > /mnt/backup/fileserver.md1.tar.gz: Name or service not known
I know that the remote file system dir is RW and the access is working fine. I am stumped...
I am a fairly experienced ubuntu/linux user. But i can't seem to fix my current system, and i really dont want to reinstall as of all custom software i use.My main goal was resizing my / paritition with gparted. THe tutorial said to remove the boot partition (200 MB EXT4) and remove the SWAP, and then resize the partition. THis all worked out well. After booting a live CD i reinstalled grub. Try to boot and it drops me to the grub shell.I tried several things, like reinstalling grub. But this is not the problem. The problem is my /boot only contains a grub directory. No bootimages or configfiles whatsover.Is there a way to restore these like redownloading an image or putting in a apt-get command to download a new config?
I have three hard drives that were previously in a Debian server setup to use LVM that I now need to access data on. The first hard drive had a boot partition along with an LVM partition, the other two hard drives were also LVM.From what I remember I have to mount all three at once for LVM to function correctly but I don't have available hardware (particularly a motherboard that can mount all old IDE).Can I use a USB<->IDE converter to image the disks, and then mount them?What Linux distro should I set up to recover the data?ow do I know what version of LVM is needed?
are there any sweeper / cleaner apps which can take back my installation as to when it was new. I know home directory could have config files etc..but that doesnt matter, i want all packages and applications reset to how it was when i had a clean install. I am using Natty