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    Moving Ubuntu to a new machine

    Hi all,

    I have my unbuntu 11.04 machine running and it has Nagios/Curl/Apache/MYSQL and a few other progs on it.

    I need to try something that will potentially kill my Ubuntu machine and Nagios and i dont want to be rebuilding it as it takes too long.

    So i have a spare machine that i would like to copy my Ubuntu over to but i need it all but identical to the current live machine.

    Only issue is it will be moving to new hardware!

    Anybody any idea if this is possible?

    I found an article on here that outlines it
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=525660

    But does just copying the folders over actually move the programs accross aswell or will i have to install all the apps again?

    Cheers

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    Re: Moving Ubuntu to a new machine

    Make a system image or a custom live dvd using Reamstersys. You can use it command line or via its rather minimal GUI.

    Info on Ubuntu version here

    download Rematersys.
    Last edited by Matt__; January 31st, 2012 at 12:15 PM.
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    Re: Moving Ubuntu to a new machine

    The quickest way would be to use Clonezilla and just image the drive to the new machine.

    Job done.
    Cheesemill

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    Re: Moving Ubuntu to a new machine

    @Matt - thanks ill look at that now - my system on a live CD would be the most handyest thing i think ill ever use!

    @cheesemill - thanks for the suggestion but i have already tried with Norton Ghost and it does not boot on the other machine, i suspect due to the ahrdware differences. Clonezilla will do the same as Ghost no?

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    Re: Moving Ubuntu to a new machine

    Hardware differences shouldn't be a problem, I have successfully moved an installed system between computers on several occasions without any difficulties.

    Unlike Windows which sets up a fixed hardware profile when you first install it, the Linux kernel automatically probes for hardware on each boot.

    Obviously you cant boot a 64 bit install on 32 bit hardware, but apart from that there should be no problems.

    If you are moving from Nvidia graphics to ATI or vice versa just make sure you uninstall the restricted drivers first.
    Cheesemill

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    Re: Moving Ubuntu to a new machine

    maybe it was just Ghost didnt write the ext file system properly then?

    When I booted machine the following came up

    blinking curser for approx 1 mintue

    then

    BusyBox v1.17.1 (Ubuntu 1:1.17.1-10ubuntu1) built-in shell (ash)
    Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

    (initramfs)

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    Re: Moving Ubuntu to a new machine

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt__ View Post
    Make a system image or a custom live dvd using Reamstersys. You can use it command line or via its rather minimal GUI.

    Info on Ubuntu version here

    download Rematersys.
    OMG this is the best thing i have ever seen!

    Thankyou so much Matt, my ubuntu install is now on 2 seperate machines side by side next to me and i can break them until my heart is content!

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