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Computer cloning help

by raa / November 16, 2004 1:55 AM PST


I have a colo box at an ISP. The box is a web server running LAMP.

Is there a way to clone this box over the Internet?

I'm basically looking for a Windows or Linux program that will produce an identical setup over WAN.

I have full root access to the box through SSH.



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Re: Computer cloning help
by David Utidjian / November 16, 2004 12:42 PM PST
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Something like:

rsync -auvz -e ssh root@ip.of.ispbox:/ root@ip.of.mybox:/

should do it. Check the manpage for rsync and test it first.

Are you sure you need a direct clone? Usually grabbing /etc /var and perhaps /home is enough and then taking the select files from those.
Are you trying to back the system up or just trying to make a test system?


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Re: Computer cloning help
by raa / November 17, 2004 5:04 PM PST

Thanks Dave,

I'll give your suggestion a try.

I am looking into the possibility of moving the box to another ISP, and hopefully suffer the least amount of downtime possible.

If I have a clone machine ready, I can easily do a switch in a matter of a few hours.

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