[rear-users] rear mkbackup on domU (xen) doesn't really work

Schlomo Schapiro schlomo at schapiro.org
Fri Oct 9 15:53:57 CEST 2015

Hello Oliver,

On 8 October 2015 at 16:13, Oliver Hoffmann <oliver at g.dom.de> wrote:
> I am new to rear. Alas there's not too much to find on the
> net or in the documentation given that you try to do something special.

​Good that you found this list! It is the right place to ask.

> So, I did rear -v mkbackup on a dumU (Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS) which runs
> on Xenserver 6.2. I did get an iso but problems are:
> -apparently it just creates a rescue system without the data

​The main purpose of ReaR is to add bare metal disaster recovery capability
to existing backup software that lacks this feature or where it is not

> -if I do rear recover it says something like "You cannot run recover
>  from this shell"

​Did you try this in the rescue system or in the original system? It will
only work in the rescue system so that you don't trash your original system

> My local.conf:

​Those two are not required and IIRC reflect the default.

> The goal is to create a bootable iso with all the data and put that
> somewhere. Let's say on nfs or maybe even on a Bacula/Bareos server.

​Try setting BACKUP=BACULA or BACKUP=BAREOS if you use that. If the client
is installed and you have a full backup of the entire server then ReaR
should "just work".

For NFS please look at
which BTW is linked from http://relax-and-recover.org/documentation/.

We would be most happy to get help with improving the documentation or
hints about where you where looking but did not find anything even though
it should have been there.

Kind Regards,
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