11th Systems Administration Conference (LISA '97)
A Web-Based Backup/Restore Method for Intel-based PC's
Aerotek Inc., on behalf of Lexmark International
Larry S. Lile
Ray Hyatt, Jr.
This paper describes two similar user-initiated methods to backup
and restore PC workstations over an ethernet network. The first method
concerns ``PC Hardware All Alike,'' or the backup and restoring of
sets of identical disk images across many identical systems. The
second method is the backup and restoring of ``PC Hardware All
Different,'' which manages unique disk images on individual systems.
This paper describes the installation and customization of a
``controlling'' unix partition on each client system PC platform. The
purpose of the unix partition is to quickly backup and restore Windows
and OS/2 disk images on a separate partition on the client system hard
The web page interface is used to schedule the image
backups and restores. The unix server that supports the backup and
restore process is described, along with the scripts that control the
backup and restore process. Usage statistics are generated that can
quantify the cost benefits of the backup and restore method.
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