What's the best way to backup linux to an image?

June 7, 2012 at 05:48:06
Specs: Windows 7
I run SugarCRM on CentOS right now on Amazon's AWS cloud using the free tier. There's only 2 of us that access the server but with the new release it uses elasticsearch which needs more ram than the 613Mb so I'm thinking of running the server locally again and not in the cloud, plus it will be faster. My only concern is backup. I know I can backup my sugar SQL databases etc and restore it on a new system but I love with Amazon how I can just simply one click and clone the entire drive to an AMI file and restore if necessary.

Is there any way to do something similar with Linux? I'd like a way that I can somehow clone the drive whenever to another hard drive or image file so that if something happens I can just as easily restore the entire system back. I'm not that good when it comes to Linux and what not so having to use SQL and databases etc is complicated which is why I prefer just a full system image.

I'd prefer some way though that it's automated but not sure if that's possible or if I'd have to do it all manually using something like clonezilla etc. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks!

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June 7, 2012 at 15:12:32
This has never let me down: http://www.disk-image.net/

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June 7, 2012 at 15:53:34
We don't know what you have exactly.

This database backup might end up being a much more complex question.
Backing up a database has some issues. There are only a few live state backup options in linux and I am not sure if any are open sourced.

What you might have should be a virtual machine image. That can be copied if you have access to it or it might be live state migrated to some other host.

Hang up and live.

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