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Date:      Fri, 6 Oct 2006 13:14:31 -0400
From:      "Grant Peel" <>
To:        "Dan Nelson" <>
Subject:   Re: Disaster recovery.
Message-ID:  <000c01c6e96a$e343bbb0$6401a8c0@grant>
References:  <038b01c6e94c$37144760$6401a8c0@grant> <> <009a01c6e964$82c49300$6401a8c0@grant> <>

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Thanks Dan, I think that is exactly what I am looking for.

Possibly the last few questions.

1. After fdisk/disklabel/newfs, how do you drop to the shell (can I drop to 

2. Once in that shell, are all shell commands avialable? (or at least mount, 
cp, restore, etc).

3. If the old disk is 36 GIG and the new disk is 74 GIG, AND I partition 
every filesystem bigger than the old ones on the old disk, then do the 
restore of the 4 filesystems, will it work or do the new filesystems really 
need to be exactly the same size?

4. All my servers are capable of pxe boot. Would it be worth while adding a 
disk to a server with nothing else than a fresh virgin install of freebsd (I 
have 0 exp with pxe, so if I am off here forgive me).

Thanks for the help thus far.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dan Nelson" <>
To: "Grant Peel" <>
Cc: "Peter A. Giessel" <>; "freeBSD" 
Sent: Friday, October 06, 2006 12:36 PM
Subject: Re: Disaster recovery.

> In the last episode (Oct 06), Grant Peel said:
>> Is it possible to boot the machine using a 'live' freebsd silesystem
>> via cd? Then setup the /mnt , setup the new filesystems, then use
>> restore to briung the real data to the disk?
>> I guess my question really should have been, if you install a new
>> disk, or re newfs a disk, how do you start the machine, a freebsd
>> boot disk? (without installing freebsd to the machine that the
>> restore are going to overwrite anyway!).
> A livecd (freesbie, or the FreeBSD install disc 1) will suffice.  I
> usually use sysinstall to fdisk/disklabel/newfs, then drop to the shell
> to run ifconfig, nfs mount the server with my dumps, and  restore.
> -- 
> Dan Nelson

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