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 tcsh?).

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" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Grant Peel" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Cc: "Peter A. Giessel" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>; "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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