[SATLUG] Disk Imaging Software

David Kowis dkowis at shlrm.org
Thu Feb 25 15:25:58 CST 2010


On 2/25/2010 3:24 PM, Don Wright wrote:
> On Thu, 25 Feb 2010 14:44:55 -0600, "Marker, Robert"
> <rmarker at encoresupportsystems.com>  wrote:
>
>> I am looking for OSS to create/recover disaster recovery images of a
>> number of desktops.
>
>
> DistroWatch.com lists 10 distributions under the category "Rescue". Of
> the list, the most regularly updated is SystemRescueCD.
> http://www.sysresccd.org/
>
> A number of utility-oriented distros (PartedMagic, CloneZilla) include
> one or more partition copy/clone utilities as well as the venerable
> GParted editor. These are categorized in DistroWatch as "Specialist".
>
> I regularly use SystemRescueCD or Trinity Rescue Kit for backup of NTFS
> partitions. I like having backups in at least two forms on different
> media, such as hard drive and USB flash drive, before making big changes
> to a computer system.  --Don

I can highly recommend the SysRescueCD. CloneZilla is definately the way 
to do backups of windows machines.

You can do it over NFS, Samba (windows file shares), ssh, or a locally 
attached harddrive. Works wonderfully, the ntfs cloning knows to remove 
pagefiles so they don't take up unecessary space on the image.

It's not quite as pretty as norton ghost, but can do everything ghost 
can do.

I've used CloneZilla at work to image the workstations we were using. 
I'd then image them across the network real quick and people had their 
desktop ready to go in a short while. I think clonezilla can do 
multicast cloning, but you might check up on that.

David



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