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Re: creating complete OS image

I generally just back up my data since it is pretty straight forward
to re-install the operating system. I point Apache DocumentRoot to
someplace in the /home directory (I do /home/http) and have a cron
job back up the databases into /home/dbbackup. Then, I have a cron
job that rsync's /home, /root and /etc to another machine each

As far as the operating system is concerned, there is a way to save
your package selection (ie, what packages are installed on a
particular machine) on one floppy.

Using this, I have recovered a dead machine in a few hours before.

Don't know if this is "best practise" but it works for my small


> Hello People,
> What's the best practise when doing disaster recovery ?
> I have servers which I've configured putting quite some effort. I'm
> scared what would happen if the hard drive crashes. As a prevention
> measure I was thiking of making out a complete image of my present
> OS.
> Now if the machine dies (say the hard drive) I could quickly replace
> the
> hard drive, re-deploy the image on it and restart the machine.
> And the server should work absolutely fine.
> Is this best practise ? Are there utilities availabe to make this
> task
> happen ?
> Regards,
> rrs
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