[K12OSN] Server Clone

Bert Rolston bert.rolston at clear.net.nz
Wed Jun 2 21:19:38 UTC 2004

Hi Jim,

If you do a partition to partition clone Ghost may work.

There are some things you need to do first.

1) Make sure your version of Ghost DOES recognise the ext3 filesystem.

2) Create the required  partitions on the new server. This should
include /boot, but nothing else.

3) Ghost the data from the old machine to the new machine using the

This should work.


On Thu, 2004-06-03 at 04:31, Jim Kronebusch wrote:
> [SNIP]
> > This just shows the drive partition table.  You have to have 
> > done a high level format with 'mke2fs -j' before the 
> > partition is mountable.  If you used a high-level approach 
> > like ghost it may have done this wrong, and unless it was the 
> > very latest version may not have understood the ext3 type.
> I think you are right here.  Ghost doesn't seem to carry over the proper
> formatting.  I can mount and see things but grub doesn't believe I have
> a partition worth installing onto.
> I think I will look at this as a good opportunity to document the
> installation procedure to build the server from scratch.  Then hope to
> figure out cloning and backups at a more convenient date.
> Thanks for all of your help everyone, I just cannot seem to grasp the
> concepts here.
> Ghost is easy but hoses formatting, Mondo looks like it could be easy
> but doesn't recognize my SCSI controller, RSYNC over NFS didn't give me
> a bootable file system, as I understand I would have to create it
> manually, install a boot loader, then rsync files.  I tried the BackupPC
> but that looks like I need to configure a backup server and time is
> running short.  
> Sure seems like this shouldn't be so difficult, but I always run into
> trouble with SCSI Raid in Win platforms as well.
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