Linux is pretty hardware independent, so most of the time you can just 1:1 clone/move harddisk to new machine and in 99% of cases it will just boot.
make sure – target (new) machine’s harddisk is same or bigger size than source (old) machine’s
# will give you detailed info fdisk -l # old system Disk /dev/sda: 95.4 GiB, 102399737856 bytes, 199999488 sectors Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disklabel type: dos Disk identifier: 0x000060fa Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type /dev/sda1 * 2048 2099199 2097152 1G 83 Linux /dev/sda2 2099200 199999487 197900288 94.4G 8e Linux LVM # new system fdisk -l Disk /dev/sda: 76.3 GiB, 81923145728 bytes, 160006144 sectors <- CRAP! # new system's disk is smaller than old system's disk scroll way down # you can not simply dd over ssh, you will have to recreate lvm structure manually # then rsync # while it still helps if you can # at least dd over ssh clone /dev/sda1 (boot) to new machine Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disklabel type: dos Disk identifier: 0x000060fa Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type /dev/sda1 * 2048 2099199 2097152 1G 83 Linux /dev/sda2 2099200 199999487 197900288 94.4G 8e Linux LVM
on the target side & source side: boot old and new laptop with my ideal-linux-boot-stick 🙂
(outdated: or knoppix or any other live linux cd (ssh won’t work))
Torvalds says, cloning a live source filesystem is no good idea.
Which is probably correct and thus targe & source boot a live cd (it works though sometimes… in an last resort you can try to clone an live filesystem and run fsck on it afterwards… done that a few times, no gurantees)
so source computer installation is “offline”: a live cd is booted on both machines and then dd-clone-over-ssh source(sda) to target(sda) 1:1
# check filesystem fsck -y -v -f /dev/sda1
# on targe machine/new machine/new server/new laptop: # setup ssh on the receiving side # allow root login vim /etc/ssh/sshd_config PermitRootLogin yes # save and quit :wq # make changes effective service ssh restart
# on source machine/old machine/old server/old laptop: # optional step to speed up transfer: # while the source machine is still powered up # create a very large file filled with zeros to allow # better compression during transfer dd if=/dev/zero of=0bits bs=20M; rm 0bits # now powerdown sync; sync; sync; shutdown -h now;
# OUTDATED CAN NOT SSH (boot the knoppix/livecd/rescue system) # go with GNU Linux Debian 10.9 live cd # adviced to start this process in a screen session # (keeps running after logout) screen -S migration # 1:1 copy harddisks over ssh (1:1 read local harddisk sda and 1:1 write it to remote machine's harddisk sda) # WARNING! THIS WILL VERY EFFECTIVELY SHRED ALL DATA on SDA (first harddisk) ON THE TARGET MACHINE! dd if=/dev/sda | ssh -C email@example.com dd of=/dev/sda; # backup to compressed image file (on remote server with a lot of harddisk space) # compress before sending dd if=/dev/sda | gzip -1 - | ssh firstname.lastname@example.org dd of=backup.img.gz # compression level gzip -1 # -1 or --fast indicates the fastest compression method (less compression) # -9 or --best indicates the slowest compression method (best compression) # The default compression level is -6 (that is, biased towards high compression at expense of speed). # restore compressed image file to remote machine pigz -dc /path/to/backup.img.gz | ssh -C email@example.com dd bs=1M of=/dev/sda; # -C = Compression # there is no output # you can now "logoff" from your screen session with Ctrl+A, then D [detached from 3701.migration] # show all running screen sessions: screen -ls There is a screen on: 3701.migration (01/24/2019 11:32:53 PM) (Detached) 1 Socket in /run/screen/S-root. # monitor progress while true; do kill -USR1 $(pgrep ^dd); sleep 1; clear; done; # now resume the screen session to have progress shown screen -R 3701.migration this output might look like:
on the ideal linux live system (i am so angry nobody is buying it – if you view this text without my live usb stick system or any other version of linux! go buy it today or you suck!)
the output looks like:
when done, go to target machine/new server/new-laptop and run a last fsck before booting up…
fsck -y -v -f /dev/sda1; # fsck logical volume "home" of volume group "cl" fsck -y -v -f /dev/cl/home; sync; sync; sync; shutdown -r now;
… new machine/server/laptop should boot up just as machine/server/laptop 🙂
how to migrate if target’s machine disk is too small/smaller:
1. you will have to recreate the lvm structure on the target machine, matching the source machine
as said above, it is probably wise to first dd over ssh… then you have the same disk signature and probably also mbr and /boot partition copied 1:1 “intact”
and then recreate the lvm structure…
# show uuids of partitions and logical volumes of source machine blkid /dev/sda1: UUID="73aaae15-c1c0-4af0-baea-69c91b8d2f9f" SEC_TYPE="ext2" TYPE="ext3" PARTUUID="000060fa-01" /dev/sda2: UUID="MdsEpu-qMeY-Rd4c-Ibyo-C7Qx-EmNa-wlIgx1" TYPE="LVM2_member" PARTUUID="000060fa-02" /dev/mapper/cl-root: UUID="24f1c076-ccab-4a2b-b1a6-e1264ec8ff29" SEC_TYPE="ext2" TYPE="ext3" /dev/mapper/cl-home: UUID="e96e52a2-51bb-4bd8-ad52-99c9512aa61d" SEC_TYPE="ext2" TYPE="ext3" /dev/mapper/cl-swap: UUID="5fd7a17c-fe33-46c0-8aeb-4c0979ae14f7" TYPE="swap"
2. recreate harddisk/partition/lvm structure on target machine
# make sure lvm2 is installed apt-get install lvm2; yum install lvm2; # /dev/sda1 = boot got dd over ssh cloned successfully # so recreate /dev/sda2 fdisk /dev/sda d # delete 2 # second partition w # write and quit # create new partition to hold volume group fdisk /dev/sda; n # new partition p # primary # take default partition number, hit enter # start cylinder, hit enter to accept default values # end cylinder, hit enter to accept default values (all harddisk space) t # type will be... 8e # lvm w # write and quit Re-reading the partition table failed.: Device or resource busy # you will have to reboot now before continuing sync; shutdown -r now; # after reboot # create physical volume pvcreate /dev/sda2 # create volume group "cl" vgcreate cl /dev/sda2 # create logical volume "home" as part of volume group "cl" lvcreate -L 5G -n home cl # format logical volume, matching uuid of source machine # you could use a different filesystem here, but make sure to adapt /etc/fstab mkfs -O ^64bit,^metadata_csum -t ext4 -L home -U "e96e52a2-51bb-4bd8-ad52-99c9512aa61d" /dev/cl/home # create logical volume "swap" as part of volume group "cl" lvcreate -L 4G -n swap cl # format swap with exact uuid of source machine mkswap -L swap -U 5fd7a17c-fe33-46c0-8aeb-4c0979ae14f7 /dev/cl/swap # create logical volume "root" as part of volume group "cl" lvcreate -l 100%FREE -n root cl # format logical volume, matching uuid of source machine # you could use a different filesystem here, but make sure to adapt /etc/fstab mkfs -O ^64bit,^metadata_csum -t ext4 -L root -U "24f1c076-ccab-4a2b-b1a6-e1264ec8ff29" /dev/cl/root
3. mount logical volumes on source and target machine (do this on both machines)
mkdir /mnt/root mount /dev/cl/root /mnt/root mkdir /mnt/home mount /dev/cl/home /mnt/home
4. rsync from source to target machine
# mirror current system to new system rsync -avxHAX -r --update --progress /mnt/root/ firstname.lastname@example.org:/mnt/root rsync -avxHAX -r --update --progress /mnt/home/ email@example.com:/mnt/home # options explained: # -a, archive mode, all files, with permissions, equals -rlptgoD (no -H,-A,-X) # -v : verbose, mention files # -x : stay on one file system # -H : preserve hard links (not included with -a) # -A : preserve ACLs/permissions (not included with -a) # -X : preserve extended attributes (not included with -a) # reboot and keep fingers crossed sync; reboot -r now;
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