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Efficient System Backups

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http://forums.opensuse.org – Hi, My OpenSUSE setup has become quite complex and so I would like to back it up in order to shorten the time it takes to restore from backup and get the system running. I already have an excellent way to back my data (documents, photos, downloads, etc), so this need not be a solution for those. What I want to be able to restore is: - Operating system (Using 11.2 64bits) - System settings (Things like the /etc/hosts file, services, apache2 setup) - Applications (Most installed through Yast, some from RPM and scripts from tar/gz files) - Application settings (things in /home/<username/.* for example) - Virtual machine for Parallels What I care about is restoring my exact configuration efficiently. I do not mind not having every binary to do it stored. So I'm thinking something like this: - Installation of the OS from the DVD media. - Have a list of all packages on my system and a way to install/download all the needed ones and remove the unneeded ones. - Apply system configuration, basically all changed files from the point there were installed (except for logs) - Apply application configuration. I expect to need different software to do this, so if you know even how to implement one of the above, please let me know. Thanks in advance, - Itai Digital Camera Buying Guide, Photography Articles and Reviews | NeoCamera.com (Distributions)