The IBM Installation Toolkit for PowerLinux goes beyond just trying to speed-up your typical Linux installation, by also delivering an interesting set of tools around system update and recovery.
One of the new and noteworthy features for this 5.3 release, the LPAR Cloning and Restoration tool, focuses on extending value in this category by providing a quick and easy way of creating re-usable system images across LPARs.
Through very few steps, it is possible to achieve the following with this new tool:
- Save all available devices of the LPAR in backup images;
- Use compression methods to decrease the size of the backup image;
- Store these images in a NFS server share;
- Associate previously saved images with available devices of a LPAR and restore the system;
This function is specially useful in those situations where there is a need to preserve a certain system level, or even quickly replicate system images to multiple LPARS, in a virtualized environment.
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