Can I ghost a Unix Box ? with another

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Top Forums UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers Can I ghost a Unix Box ? with another
# 1  
Old 10-06-2000

I have a Solaris Ultra 10 Box, which contains all my software, I got a new Sun Ultra10 with the same configuration. Can I ghost the it ? Does Unix support any such application.
# 2  
Old 10-06-2000
Could you please explain what you mean by the term
'ghost' and what you are really hoping to do? Thanks.
# 3  
Old 10-06-2000
Basically ghost means , duplicating a Unix box with another.
In NT we use the term ghosting the image.

# 4  
Old 10-06-2000
Still confused.
What is the purpose of the 'ghost image'? Real-time
failover? Disaster recovery? Disk Mirrowing?
Also, the term 'image' is also confusing. What do
you mean by image? The entire file system? The system
RAM? The kernel? The process table?
It would be helpful to talk in terms of capability and requirements and specifics of what exactly you wish to
# 5  
Old 01-23-2001
I am assuming you basicly want to copy one disk to another.

I have used Norton Ghost to copy an entire Linux installation from one machine to another.
If that is what you are wanting to do just check that the ghosting software is compatable with the partition type you want to ghost( I'd suggest taking a look at Norton's software).

Hope this is of some use Smilie)
# 6  
Old 09-24-2001!!


This is an old thread, so hopefully this helps SOMEONE...

well, ghosting is not a totally foreign concept to unix, it's just a bit "different". In unix, you have some options of doing this, take a tape backup to a device via "tar", and untar to the new disk, this implies that you have a running system on the new box. Or, this is my favorite, pull the drive out of the system you want to ghost "to", put it into the other system, now you have the option of doing *fsdumps of the slices of the "from" disk to the new disk, or, if they are IDENTICAL disks (VERY IMPORTANT!!!, do NOT do this between non-identical disks, as the disk labels go and everything in a brute force dd, you can finesse this and take just the tracks outside of the label, etc.), use the "dd" command to do an exact copy of one disk to the other. This can be dangerous, I watched someone wipeout his entire system, by "dd"-ing a blank disk to his running system, lesson here is: make sure you get the input and output devices straight. And you will be dealing with devices at this level, not filesystems, so you are writing to and from device files, not copying file systems. So keep in mind how much damage can be done to your system by doing this wrong.

Hope this helps someone,

# 7  
Old 09-24-2001
i think what you are looking for is called Jump Start...look into it

Solaris JumpStart™
Solaris JumpStart™ software is an automated system that can install and set up a Solaris system anywhere on your network without any user interaction. Enterprise customers wishing to install or upgrade their Solaris systems on a larger scale or in a replicated fashion can take advantage of Solaris JumpStart capabilities. With Solaris JumpStart software, the Solaris Operating Environment and application software can be placed on centralized install servers and the install process can be customized by senior administrators. This capability reduces administrative costs by enabling less-experienced administrators -- or even end users -- to install the software they need.
Network administrators can take advantage of Sun Enterprise™ Web Start Server to set up and customize Solaris JumpStart for their networks. In the latest version, Solaris JumpStart software has been enhanced to support installations in a DHCP environment
Login or Register to Ask a Question

Previous Thread | Next Thread

9 More Discussions You Might Find Interesting

1. UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers

ghost 4 unix

Hello, I am looking for help on how to use ghost 4 unix. I know there is a site for ghost 4 unix, but if I understood that I wouldn't be here. Everything is already set up, there is a ftp server, iomega network hard drive, there are already images on this network harddrive. I know how to use the... (0 Replies)
Discussion started by: slakk
0 Replies

2. Shell Programming and Scripting

ftp file starting with particular name on Windows box to Unix box using shell script

Hello all ! I'm trying to write a shell script (bash) to ftp a file starting with particular name like "Latest_" that is present on a Windows box to UNIX server. Basically I want to set this script in the cron so that daily the new build that is posted on the Windows box can be downloaded to the... (2 Replies)
Discussion started by: vijayb4u83
2 Replies

3. UNIX for Advanced & Expert Users

Copy file from unix box to another unix box

Hi, I am new for perl scripting, I need a script to copy a log file /test/test_yyyymmdd.dat from one unix box to another unix box location /check/check1/ at daily 2:00AM, please let me know how to do that...... Regards, Ann (8 Replies)
Discussion started by: fabrine
8 Replies

4. Shell Programming and Scripting

how to compare all files in one unix box has been to copied to another unix box

Hi our unix admin has copied all files from one unix box to new unix box. We just need to confirm that all the file systems are copied properly. How to validate. (9 Replies)
Discussion started by: sravanreddym
9 Replies

5. UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers

I need an scp command from a unix box to a windows box.

scp file="myfile.txt" todir="user@somehost:(M:drive:/somepath/)"/ Not sure I need it to go to a specific drive on the windows box (1 Reply)
Discussion started by: xgringo
1 Replies

6. Shell Programming and Scripting

Moving files from Unix box to a windows box

Hi All, I need a little help .I want to transfer a file from unix box to a windows box,but the problem i'm facing is that in windows box FTP is not enabled and currently it is nearly impssible to change setting on windows box,i can not use the ftp method ,in my shell script to transfer the file.... (2 Replies)
Discussion started by: Preet
2 Replies

7. UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers

Running UNIX commands remotely in Windows box from Unix box – avoid entering password

I am able to run the UNIX commands in a Windows box from a UNIX box through "SSH" functionality. But whenever the SSH connection is established between UNIX and Windows, password for windows box is being asked. Is there a way to avoid asking password whenever the SSH connection is made? Can I... (1 Reply)
Discussion started by: D.kalpana
1 Replies

8. UNIX for Advanced & Expert Users

How to FTP a file generated at UNIX Box to NT Box

Hi all, I am generating a file on the Unix machine , now i want to FTP the same file to the NT machine. how can i do that and the application currently upon which i am working is a JAVA based application. I need your help. regards Ruchir (2 Replies)
Discussion started by: Ruchir
2 Replies

9. UNIX for Advanced & Expert Users

VPN client (windows Box),and Server (Unix Box)

If I want to access unix box via VPN tunnel,from windows box. What sould I configure on the windows client PC, and what should I enable on the Unix Server box ? I am using Solaris V10 intel platform, and I am using windows XP, and 2003 for client (0 Replies)
Discussion started by: zillah
0 Replies
Login or Register to Ask a Question