Now let's assume you have a dedicated Linux server (rented or co-location)
that is located in some provider's data center which is normally a few
hundred kilometers away from your office or home. Now you want to make an
image of that system so that you have a back up in case your server crashes,
you accidentally deleted all you customers' web sites, etc. (I'm sure you
have enough fantasy to make up some horror scenarios for yourself here...).
Creating such an image is no problem, even on a remote system that is in a
data center, it is all described in the "Creating Images Of Your Linux
System With SystemImager" tutorial.
But how do you restore such an image? That's the crucial point. The methods
described in the "Creating Images Of Your Linux System With SystemImager"
tutorial all require that you have physical access to your server and that
your server has a floppy drive or a CD-ROM drive. But your server is a few
hundred kilometers away, and nowadays only few servers have a floppy or
There is a solution, the only requirement is that your dedicated server has
some kind of Linux rescue system which is a feature that normallly comes
with dedicated servers offered by one of the big hosting companies.
This tutorial lets you also install your own customized Linux system on a dedicated server.