Backups and boot-CD for PE2600

Jim McLaughlin jimmclaughlin at
Wed Aug 20 12:34:01 CDT 2003

Have you given mondo ( or mkcdrec a try?


At precisely Wed, 20 Aug 2003 15:45:54 +0200
Karl-König Königsson <karl-konig.q.konigsson at> wrote:

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> Hi,
> On my previous system I had a tar based backup solution and could do bare metal
> recovery by first booting the new system with tom's rtbt (a small linux boot
> floppy with everything but the kithcen sink) and from there mount and partition
> the disks and then read the tape. A simple chroot into the restored system to
> run lilo and Bob's my uncle.
> The main drawback with this system was tar; tar writes everything in one huge
> chunk, thus sould a problem with the tape have disastrous results for the
> backup since everything past that point would be unreadable.
> Then I got my new server, a PE 2600 with a 100GiB LTO drive, and decided to
> improve this scheme a bit and use a real backup software package for a change.
> I have settled for Arkeia Light, partly because it is nice and partly due to
> the appealing price tag. To be honest: it is the best I have found yet.
> What I can't get to work is a bare metal recovery. Anybody got any tips here?
> I have been thinking along these lines:
> o put everything on tape and boot from something to restore it. I have tried
> Knoppix without result. It seems to barf on the RAID system. Could well be that
> the version of the megaraid driver is too old, as hinted on Matt Domsch's pages
> o put just the basic system on tape, restore that one and get the rest from
> other backups -- this means that I will only backup dynamic data as bart of the
> backup plan and consider the OS static. Same problem as above -- can't boot the
> system to a stage where I can read the tape
> o rely on the OS install CD:s and use that as a starting point. Once upand
> running I will perform whatever customizations I have made and then read the
> tapes with dynamic data on top of this
> So, my posting is in part a question as to how you have thought about your
> backup schemes and part about how on earth can I find some nice CD based Linux
> distro that supports the built-in RAID on a PE2600?
> Cheers!
> 	Karl-Koenig Koenigsson
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