Is there any free third party software that can do backup and restore of the Solaris 11 OS? I tried Acronis 2017 for few times but failed. I will hang & stop at the half way of the backup process which analyzing the partition.

  • What are you storing your backup on? Backing up Solaris 11 can be really easy using ZFS snapshots and zfs send .... Apr 10, 2018 at 10:13
  • What are you using for yor OS? Zpool, vxfs, ufs?
    – ludiegu
    Apr 11, 2018 at 8:34
  • HI Andrew, I will store it to a linux virtual machine. Yeah, I think ZFS snapshots work so easily thank!
    – user803473
    Apr 11, 2018 at 8:48
  • Ludiegu, zpool, zfs
    – user803473
    Apr 11, 2018 at 8:49

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One of the easiest ways on Solaris 11 is to use unified archives (UARs). They're similar to flars from prior revs of the OS. Here's a quick run down of a simple use case. You'll want to read up on UARs to see how they'd meet your needs.

To create a root only recovery UAR -- giving you a root only backup of the global:

archiveadm create -r -z global --root-only /tmp/global-rootonly-recovery.uar

To view a UARs info:

archiveadm info -v /tmp/globalrecovery.uar

When needed to recover or clone a system, to create recovery media for use on a DVD (use -f iso ) or USB stick: archiveadm create-media /tmp/globalrecovery.uar

To then copy UAR to a USB stick:

usbcopy /tmp/globalrecovery.uar

Here are two reference links you may also find useful:

Working with UARs On Solaris 11

How to Perform System Archival and Recovery Procedures with Oracle Solaris 11

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