Call for participation on mksysb
Ask any AIX system administrator and they will tell you that Linux is not ready for the real work. Many reasons are given, but one of recurring technical reasons is that there is no mksysb for Linux.
mksysb on AIX is a tool to do an (online) backup of your system in order to do a bare metal restore. It produces a bootable medium (tape, image, DVD) that restores the system partitioning/LVM configuration and restores the original filesystems for disaster recovery.
On Linux there are many tools to do backups and restores but none of them have the ease of use, versatility or wide-spread deployment that mksysb has, for that reason (and the fact that a customer asked me if something similar existed) I decided to look into an Open Source alternative or implementing mksysb for Linux myself.
For this we need to have a kernel that supports most hardware, we need to support multiple bootable devices and we need to somehow preserve and restore the partitioning. Open Source has most of the tools to do any of this, but there is nothing really integrated and surely making all of this work is not going to be that easy.
Do you know of a similar Linux or Open Source tool ? Have you heard of something that can preserve not only the data, but also the partitioning/LVM configuration and is easy to restore ? Can it do an online backup (by eg using LVM snapshots) ?
Let me know !