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- How do I create a compressed backup image of a Red Hat Enterprise Linux machine to an external drive using dd?
- Is it possible to create an image of installed system and use it to boot the system?
To create a compressed disk image with "dd" :
Boot into rescue mode with the installation media
Create a mount point for your external drive:
# mkdir /mnt/external
Mount your external drive:
# mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/external
Create the compressed disk image:
# dd if=/dev/sda | gzip -9 > /mnt/external/filename.img.gz
To recover this in future, run the following command :
# zcat /mnt/external/filename.img.gz | dd of=/dev/sda
Note: Do not use dd to backup block devices that are currently in use. Doing so will likely cause inconsistency on the filesystem(s).
Create an image of installed system
- To create an image of installed system, get
USBof exact same size.
- Recreate the initrd with USB support
# vi /etc/dracut.conf add_drivers+="ehci-hcd uhci-hcd xhci-hcd usb-storage scsi-mod sd-mod sd hid-microsoft hid-generic usbhid" # dracut -f -v
- Force a file check on boot
# touch /forcefsck
- Create image using
# dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/<usb device> bs=8192
- Add any subsequent partitions to the usb drive in 4gb chunks.
- Insert usb and boot machine.
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