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I am looking for a LiveCD with a running ssh daemon. I need it because i want to connect to an abandoned server and make a backup. The server hasn't a monitor.


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sysrescuecd does have a running ssh daemon, but you would need to specify the root password in the startup options - with the default settings you would end up with an empty password and thus the account would be exempted from remote login.

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thanks for the answer, it is almost what i want, but as you said, i have to first manually specify the root password, what i am trying to avoid. – Nonce Apr 26 '11 at 16:59
you might just reconfigure the bootloader to include the rootpasswd=<somepassword> option along with others you might need for the network setup. This is not particulary hard to achieve - take a look at… for details. – the-wabbit Apr 26 '11 at 21:32

I use the PLD Rescue CD. It's pretty compact, but includes most of the Linux (and some Windows) utilities I need. I think sshd is enabled upon boot, but you'll need to simply assign a password of your choice. The default is "pld".

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I confirm ssh login works on boot without any user interaction. Thanks. – Michaël Witrant Jul 29 '13 at 9:38

You can create an Ubuntu LiveCD with an appropriately configured SSH daemon, users & passwords (or better, SSH keys!), etc. -- This may take a bit of work, but it guarantees that you'll have a LiveCD with all the tools you need to make a backup of the server (via simple tar, dump, dd, or any other mechanism you can fit onto a CD).

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