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Re: [Xen-users] Convert CentOS system to Xen image?

> > You can use dd or cat (+ netcat | ssh)
> > and it will copy raw image,
> Yes, but that makes a lot of assumptions about the source and
> destination systems that might not be true, like, the source
> system is physical and the destination virtual, so the
> destination will have different disk names, the source may
> have software RAID1, but the destination being virtual may
> already be backed by RAID1 and not need it. The source disk
> may be infinitely bigger then the allocated destination
> (ie source drive 250GB, root partition is 16GB LV and only
> 3GB of it is used, but netcat'ing will try to transfer full
> 250GB into a 16 or 32GB guest volume).

I agree with you.
My advice is related to particular (described earlier) task.

> > Disatvantage:
> >
> > 1. You should create LVM and FS first.
> >
> I don't think I grasp your advantages/disadvantages points
> here, maybe it's a language barrier where the subtleties
> were lost in translation.

My mother tongue is Russian and my English is very very poor.
It's really hard to quickly express my thoughts in English.
Excuse me Ross, and all who read this (and other my postings to the list).

When I say that dd/cat + netcat usage has advantage over 
LVM+FS+rsync/scp/dump usage in the particular case, 
I mean:

when you use cat/dd you can copy system quick and dirty, 
but when you use high level tools for copying files, 
you should create volumes and filesystems before copying.

I stress, that cat/dd one should use only
in particular cases (for "quick-and-dirty" migration). 
And for full featured migration
it's better to use LVM/FS and other high-level tools.

> I do agree that LVM is the way to go, as it's pros far
> outweigh it's cons.

Ross, I think that I fully agree with you
(except the fact that I think that there are many
tasks where dd/cat is enough).

> > >
> > > For data partitions like /home you can do a dump, sftp, and restore.
> >
> > Also you can use rsync
> > (it should be installed on both hosts).
> rsync will indiscriminately copy-over files that it shouldn't.

What do you mean?

WBR, i.m.chubin

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