I am running ubuntu 10.04 LTS on a remote root server and almost the same setup on a development server over virtualbox. My goal is to backup the remote root server to an ftp-account. In case the hard drive failes I would then boot from a rescue system and install the backup. I looked into partimage, but that unfortunatelly does not support exclude folders and the drive in question contains about 200GB of Data I do not want to backup.
So I tried it with tar:
mkdir /mnt/system mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/system cd /mnt/rescue tar cvzpf image.tar.gz ./ --exclude=image.tar.gz --exclude=unwanted_folder
This worked, but obviously the boot sector is not included. So I am left with a copy that does not help to make a full server restore.
The server looks like this:
/home$ df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/md2 1016G 4.9G 960G 1% / none 16G 220K 16G 1% /dev none 16G 0 16G 0% /dev/shm none 16G 72K 16G 1% /var/run none 16G 0 16G 0% /var/lock none 16G 0 16G 0% /lib/init/rw /dev/md3 1.7T 267G 1.4T 17% /home /dev/md1 496M 69M 402M 15% /boot
What would be the best way to do a full backup to an image or tar with the option of excluding special folders inside /home ?
Thank you for any help.