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Date:      Thu, 3 Mar 2011 10:23:07 -0700 (MST)
From:      Warren Block <wblock@wonkity.com>
To:        John Levine <johnl@iecc.com>
Cc:        freebsd@edvax.de, freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Fastest way to get an entire FBSD system back online?
Message-ID:  <alpine.BSF.2.00.1103031018350.65699@wonkity.com>
In-Reply-To: <20110303144754.26001.qmail@joyce.lan>
References:  <20110303144754.26001.qmail@joyce.lan>

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On Thu, 3 Mar 2011, 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. ...
>
>> 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, ...
>
> Of course.  But the more interesting question is whether anyone's done
> that, e.g., a script to put dumps and a description of the disk setup
> on a backup device, and a boot image that will take the description
> and the dumps and put them back.  As far as I know, nobody has.

Sometimes called "bare-metal restore".  The tools are there, but I 
haven't seen it done with FreeBSD, either.  Handling media changes might 
be a little tricky for, say, a multi-DVD restore.  And of course it 
should have a suitably scary "This will destroy the system you are 
running!" warning.



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