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Date:      Thu, 3 Mar 2011 12:30:34 +0100
From:      Polytropon <>
To:        John Levine <>
Subject:   Re: Fastest way to get an entire FBSD system back online?
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In-Reply-To: <20110302220739.27592.qmail@joyce.lan>
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On 2 Mar 2011 22:07:39 -0000, John Levine <> wrote:
> It's not as automated as the Windows approach, but if you know what
> you're doing it's mostly limited by the speed of the disks.  Use dump
> rather than an image copy so you only restore what's actually in use.

Unlike "Windows", UNIX gives you the ability to create
a fully programmable automated approach according to
your needs, e. g. for multiple installations, defective
systems can be booted via LAN, USB or CD, then it can
be determined _which_ system it is automatically, and
the proper backup sets can be restored. Partitioning
tasks (labeling, slicing, partitioning, newfsing and
tunefsing, as well as other pre-restore tasks) can
also be fully automated, reducing any interaction to
zero (which is less than nearly-zero), which means
that it's even better automated than "Windows".

By the way, you can create similar procedures if you
are using ZFS.

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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