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Date:      Fri, 6 Oct 2006 09:34:55 -0400
From:      "Grant Peel" <gpeel@thenetnow.com>
To:        <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Disaster recovery.
Message-ID:  <038b01c6e94c$37144760$6401a8c0@grant>

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Hi all,

I currently keep file dumps of all filesystems on our servers on a secure 
raid 5 box, lees of course, the proc and swap dir.

These dumps look like this and are done and transfered to a NFS filesystem 
in the /mnt/ dir.

server1-usr-full-dump
server1-home-full-dump
server1-var-full-dump
server1-root-full-dump

So I have (all, I hope!) everything I need to rebuild a server should the 
hard disk completely crap out, or some script overwrites or rm's everything.

I have never been in the position that this, ( a complete hard drive ), had 
to be done.

so the question is ... if I have the dumps on one machine, and I just 
installed a new hard drive on another, in a nutshell, what are the steps to
restore the failed server. Can I use the FreeBSD 'live' filesystem? Is ther 
a step by step (that I have not found) in the handbook somewhere?

TIA,

-Grant






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