Mondo Rescue is an open source, free disaster recovery and backup utility that allows you to easily create complete system (Linux or Windows) Clone/Backup ISO Images to CD, DVD, Tape, USB devices, Hard Disk, and NFS. And can be used to quickly restore or redeploy working image into other systems, in the event of data loss, you will be able to restore as much as entire system data from backup media.
Mondo program is available freely for download and released under GPL (GNU Public License) and has been tested on a large number of Linux distributions.
This article describes Mondo installation and usage of Mondo Tools to backup of your entire systems. The Mondo Rescue is a Disaster Recovery and Backup Solutions for System Administrators to take full backup of their Linux and Windows file system partitions into CD/DVD, Tape, NFS and restore them with the help of Mondo Restore media feature that uses at boot-time.
Once you successfully added repository rpmforge, do “yum” to install latest Mondo tool.
# yum install mondo
Creating Cloning or Backup ISO Image of System/Server
After installing Mondo, Run “mondoarchive” command as “root” user. Then follow screenshots that shows how to create an ISO based backup media of your full system.
Welcome to Mondo Rescue
Please enter the full path name to the directory for your ISO Images. For example: /mnt/backup/
Select Type of compression. For example: bzip, gzip or lzo.
Select the maximum compression option.
Please enter how large you want each ISO image in MB (Megabytes). This should be less than or equal to the size of the CD-R(W)’s (i.e. 700) and for DVD’s (i.e. 4480).
Please give a name of your ISO image filename. For example: tecmint1 to obtain tecmint-[1-9]*.iso files.
Please add the filesystems to backup (separated by “|“). The default filesystem is “/” means full backup.
Please exclude the filesystem that you don’t want to backup (separated by “|“). For example: “/tmp” and “/proc” are always excluded or if you want full backup of your system, just hit enter.
Please enter your temporary directory path or select default one.
Please enter your scratch directory path or select default one.
If you would like to backup extended attributes. Just hit “enter“.
If you want to Verify your backup, after mondo has created them. Click “Yes“.
If you’re using stable standalone Linux Kernel, click “Yes” or if you using other Kernel say “Gentoo” or “Debain” hit “No“.
Click “Yes” to proceed further.
Creating a catalog of “/” filesystem.
Dividing filelist into sets.
Calling MINDI to create boot+data disk.
Backing up filesytem. It may take a couple of hours, please be patient.
Backing up big files.
Running “mkisofs” to make ISO Image.
Verifying ISO Image tarballs.
Verifying ISO Image Big files.
Finally, Mondo Archive has completed. Please hit “Enter” to back to the shell prompt.
If you’ve selected default backup path, you will see an ISO image under “/var/cache/mondo/“, that you can burnt into a CD/DVD for later restore.
To restore all files automatically, boot the system with Mondo ISO Image and at boot prompt type “nuke” to restore files.