On Sun, 23 May 2004, Grant Peel wrote: > I have spent the last year or so developing a server platform that I now > want to clone from a production box to the two new boxes. > > I intend to use Dump and Restore to completely copy the OS from the older > box to the two new ones. > > The current (older box) has only a 18 GB SATA drive on it. The two new > machines have 36 GB SCSI drives. So my question is, as long as the > partitions on the new box are names the same as the old box, and are at > least the same size, or bigger, dump and restore should work without > problems (?)
The partitions don't even need to be the same names. To do a "clone", I cd into the target filesystem (/, /var, /usr) and use 'restore -ruf dumpfile'. Usually the dumpfile is on an NFS mount. > I will need to install a base OS on the new systems first, so I can > partition the drives and be able to connect tot the box, the second question > is, when I use restore, will it overwrite the kernel, if so, can I protect > the kernel from being overwritten? You could use the live filesystem CD (#2) or a FreeSBIE CD also, but I usually just do a minimal install. There may be an error when restore attempts to overwrite the kernel; can't recall. However, I rebuild the kernel after the system has been cloned to be sure it's in sync with the current source on the machine. > The third question is, can I, should I, use rsyn insted of dum and restore? dump and restore are the right tools for this case. -Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"