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convert is part of the package ImageMagick; try sudo yum install ImageMagick (or other privilege escalation method as appropriate to your system).


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I like GParted and CloneZilla. GParted is my favorite for single-use, CloneZilla's best when you need to blast images out across the network.


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Acronis has some good products. We have been using their backup and restore products with success for about a year. I believe they have a product just for cloning but their backup and restore software can also be used as a cloning tool. Edit: Acronis has a trial period where you can try their products for a month. This really sold us because we were ...


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You should be able to mount your CloneZilla image to extract files from it. See instructions here. Prepare a large disk in Linux Say if your image is /home/partimag/YOURIMAGE/, and the image is /home/partimag/YOURIMAGE/hda1.ntfs-img.aa, hda1.ntfs-img.ab... run file /home/partimag/YOURIMAGE/hda1.ntfs-img.aa to see it's gzip, bzip or lzop ...


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From : Sysprep Command-Line Syntax /generalize Prepares the Windows installation to be imaged. If this option is specified, all unique system information is removed from the Windows installation. The security ID (SID) resets, any system restore points are cleared, and event logs are deleted. The next time the computer starts, the specialize ...


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From your Fiddler trace it appears that you're serving your pages using the built-in Visual Studio web server: Server: ASP.NET Development Server/10.0.0.0 If this was being served by IIS7 then we'd see: Server: Microsoft-IIS/7.5 The built-in Visual Studio web server only has a limited set of mime-types it can serve and has no knowledge of mime types ...


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The Windows Server Backup Feature that ships with Windows and is free to use will do exactly this. It can make a hot-backup (i.e. no downtime) that can be used in a bare-metal restore scenario.


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Next time you need a command like this you can figure out what package to install by running something like yum whatprovides '*/convert'.


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I use dd. In the Windows world, you can get dd by installing Cygwin. What dd does is allow sector-by-sector copying of a disk device to, say, an image file. Example usage: dd if=/dev/sda1 of=diskimage.img bs=1M This copies from the first partition of the first hard drive to a file called diskimage.img, one megabyte at a time. (The Cygwin documentation ...


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Nobody's mentioned Clonezilla? It has a pretty bad UI, but is very flexible once you get used to it. Google it and you'll find some tutorials on its use. I use it mainly because of its 'smart cloning' option (granted, other tools have that), and the when is backups or VM images I want to make 'real'.


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I would not recommend imaging their computers in the traditional sense... this is NOT Windows... In terms of backups, the Time Machine backup solution built into the OS is capable of full images of a MacBook Pro. It is an entirely sufficient backup workflow for an individual computer. Make sure the users have a dedicated backup drive. Even a portable USB ...


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No, you don't need to. Imagex.exe creates a WIM file which is a file-based disk image. It's not a disk clone so it won't take into account the way the disk space is used or where the free space is. Same goes for applying the image to a machine - I doubt you would need to defrag. On the flip side, defragging is definitely recommended when capturing block ...


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Deleting a file does not actually delete the file, it reduces the number of names pointing to an inode. If both the number of names and the number of open file descriptors to the file reach 0, the data gets deleted. So if you delete a file that's still open by some application, that application can still happily use that file. Only when the last file ...


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What happens here is for acronis and almost all backup software is the use of the volume shadow service. Various applications like SQL and exchange server have their own VSS writer as well. http://blog.macrium.com/2012/11/backup-internals-what-is-vss-how-does-it-work-and-why-do-we-use-it/ has a pretty good overview of how it works. Basically acronis will ...


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Alternatively you can use 'rsync' to transfer just the files you need, drop that onto a Linux system located at your home, fix up things like the Master Boot Record (MBR) which will not be correctly transferred and then fire it up under a virtualization technology. You will be looking for something like; rsync -vaHPS --numeric-ids --exclude=/proc ...


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Use kpartx (from multipath-tools): use losetup to get a /dev/loop? device, then use kpartx on it to create dev mappings for the partitions in the image file.


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Just run VMWare Converter again and only image the second drive, you can then just move the .vmdk to the same folder as the original VM, delete VM #2 and add the disk to the machine. The virtual equivalent of pulling a physical drive out of one computer, and plugging it into another.


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I would start off first with figuring out what business objectives you hope to achieve. The example of disaster recovery is a good one. What happens if a user is storing files locally that aren't backed up? There is probably a cost there...if it is a document that took them weeks to make, there is a clear cost to the company. So come up with a list of ...


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Try using Virtual Floppy Drive to virtually mount the floppy image. Then you should be able to access it. EDIT: Considering the UFS file, you have the capabilities to do this in a linux/unix environment using loop devices. I found some instructions on this in the BOCHS user manual and here is the losetup man page for Unix. Good luck, and I hope that ...


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See this post for instructions for how to take stuff that's on a bootable DVD and placing it on a USB drive that's bootable. A USB Thumbdrive is just a hard drive, and if it's got the right boot files and the BIOS supports booting from an external USB hard drive it will work fine. To understand what makes a CD or DVD drive bootable see this post on the El ...


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No. Just No. You don't store images in a database. Images are files. Do not store files in a database. (Source: My blog post, I wrote in 2012) Databases are for storing data. Filesystems are for storing files. Store files in a filesystem.


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You likely need to mount partitions inside the image file. This can be done with kpartx. kpartx -l /path/to/image will list partitions inside the file and kpartx -a /path/to/image will add them to /dev/mapper/loopXpY (where X and Y varies), from where you can mount them with mount. See man kpartx for more info.


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Think about this... You need some way to track history in order to provide an input to the CLI-generated graphs. This is where something like RRDTool helps. There are tools like collectl that will collect data and organize it for another graphing utility. There are pretty solutions like NewRelic that aren't CLI-based, but provide some better insight into ...


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There's no simple answer to this question. Using an architecture designed around images (commonly referred to as "immutable infrastructure") works fantastically for stateless services, like your application servers. It's most definitely possible to expand that to your stateful services with the right tools, failover systems and upgrade paths, but those are ...


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Just configure a web server, put the image onto it and configure the logging to what you want to log. I guess that Apache's default log configuration should be sufficient. You can that feed that log into any analysis program you want.


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Well, lets jsut say ignoring documentation is never wise, and you did so. Your images should be sysprepped and thus geneate unique identities. as they obvfiously are not - you are in trouble.


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Norton Ghost can save to a network share by one of two ways: You can create a boot disk/USB device to boot and map a drive to save the image to, or You can use GhostCast Server to save the image to a network share -JFV


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dd and dd_rescue. See also, this question: Using DD for disk cloning


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Better use the partclone utility instead: cd /home/partimag/YOURIMAGE/ touch hda2.img cat dir/hda2.ntfs-ptcl-img.gz.* | gzip -d -c | partclone.restore -C -s - -o hda2.img mount -o loop hda2.img /mnt See also CloneZilla FAQ Entry: "How can I restore those *-ptcl-img.* images into a file manually?"


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Typically in most modern packages this is done by installing the php-gd package with your package manager. for RHEL 5.3 try: yum install php5-gd



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