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    Systemback - Software to make an image of your installed OS

    I came across this software via this website http://www.unixmen.com/systemback-re...revious-state/ and I thought that I would investigate further.

    In the past, I used Remastersys but I know that it is in the process of being released by another developer soon.
    Anyway, I followed the instructions on the Unixmen site and installed Systemback via the PPA.

    I have successfully created a system image and converted it to an ISO (total size 1.3GB)
    The ISO image was put on a USB stick using the Start Up Disk Creator in Ubuntu
    The USB stick booted OK but I was surprised to have to log in using my original User name and Password.
    Systemback is still present on the live system and you can use it to install the live OS.
    I had a spare drive, so I tried the installer and so far so good. I am writing this post from the new installation.

    I haven't tested the new installation thoroughly yet, but the important things like wifi, ethernet, sound and video all seem OK.
    By the way, I did not include user data in my image only the operating system (14.04 including Unity & Gnome Shell)

    There are many posts in the Ubuntu forums for imaging apps and I hope that a few other users will give it a test drive to see if it is suitable.

    The developer has a launchpad account https://launchpad.net/systemback

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    Re: Systemback - Software to make an image of your installed OS

    That sounds pretty nice. I will have to check it out.

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    Re: Systemback - Software to make an image of your installed OS

    Sounds interesting. In the past I have also used remastersys and mklivecd (on pclinuxos). Right now i have found the Retracta tools to be the best current option but I'll definitely give this a try sometime. Does it compress the livecd image do you know?

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    Re: Systemback - Software to make an image of your installed OS

    That sounds great so I installed it. I can't run it because it's asking for a password and wont accept my root password. What the......... ?

    Too bad.
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    Re: Systemback - Software to make an image of your installed OS

    Quote Originally Posted by rv_happy View Post
    Does it compress the livecd image do you know?
    Yes, it does compress the live image.

    When I did a test, the live image was 1.3GB and the installed OS is around 6.0GB.


    Kind regards

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    Re: Systemback - Software to make an image of your installed OS

    Quote Originally Posted by pretty_whistle View Post
    That sounds great so I installed it. I can't run it because it's asking for a password and wont accept my root password. What the......... ?

    Too bad.
    I do not have a root password only a user password which allows elevated privileges. By this, I mean the password that you enter after sudo.......

    My user password allowed me to use the software.

    Are we talking about the same password?

    You may wish to direct your question to the developer's launchpad page, where there are other questions & answers about this application.

    Best wishes

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    Re: Systemback - Software to make an image of your installed OS

    Remastersys is still the best. Install it, launch it, click Dist and in a short while you will have your compressed, bootable iso using the ubuntu default Live session user account. Many options for finetuning your output. Grub boot menu background image, live cd grub background image, file name, session name, and more.
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    Re: Systemback - Software to make an image of your installed OS

    But Remastersys is no longer developed and as I understand each new Ubuntu version breaks Remastersys (I am happy to be corrected). BlackLab Linux took the code and redeveloped it for their own purposes but have since taken it down from their public site.I couldn't get a bootable image off it anyway (though I was probably doing something wrong).

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    Re: Systemback - Software to make an image of your installed OS

    Quote Originally Posted by tea for one View Post
    Yes, it does compress the live image.

    When I did a test, the live image was 1.3GB and the installed OS is around 6.0GB.


    Kind regards
    Thanks, sounds good. I'll definitely be testing it soon

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    Re: Systemback - Software to make an image of your installed OS

    I recall with Remasterys there was a limitation on back up size is this the case with Systemback? I have been using ReDo for a backup of all system partitions (EFI and Root) and Home

    EDIT:Tried it and used it to create Restore Point. Be advised that on my system the restore point was nearly 10 GB and that is a lot on an SSD. So I changed the directory I was using for my Restore Point to my HD
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