#197 Issue closed: Restore

Labels: support / question

richard88 opened issue at 2013-02-05 12:39:


Would someone please help me with restoring a backup. I am in a bit of a pickle and any help would be greatly appreciated.

I created the backup unsung rear -v mkbackup to a and edited the .conf as below to an internal hard drive. We now require to restore the backup. I have copied all the files to a USB and would like to restore it to a Virtual Machine while we rebuild the real server.


How to I tell REAR on the new server (VM) to look at the files on the USB drive and restore them?

Thank You

gdha commented at 2013-02-05 12:53:

what was the content of the original /etc/rear/local.conf? Why the need to move to an USB disk? Rear supports P2V recover.

richard88 commented at 2013-02-05 22:56:

Hi Gratien

I did not expect a reply from you. I watched your presentation on you tube at the Linux Tag 2012 when you presented Linux Disaster Recovery Best Practices: Relax and Recover. Your presentation was the reason I decided to use REAR.

The original configuration is below (ignore the full stops). I moved the files to a USB to transfer to our VM Server. I don't know about P2V recover. It would be great to know what it is and if it might be able to help in our situation.

# Sample local configuration

# Create Relax-and-Recover rescue media as ISO image

Thank you

gdha commented at 2013-02-06 15:17:

If the target system is not too much different then the original one you might be lucky when you mount the USB device as /media before you start the recover (make sure the path is the same, or adapt it in the local.conf file).

gdha commented at 2013-03-10 11:48:

@richard88 How did it go? Still need help or is it ok to close this issue?

richard88 commented at 2013-03-10 19:43:

Hi Gratien

It can be closed. Thank you for your help.

In the end we moved to VMWare for our DR requirements.

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