i've copied a Linux System Rootfolder (/) using Rsync to a local Folder. (Excluding 500GB Data)

Is it possible to create a Bootable System Image that boots in Virt-manager?

Rsync Command: Rsync -aAXv

Rsync excluding /dev/* /proc/* /sys/* /tmp/* /usr/tmp/* /run/* /mnt/* /media/* /var/cache/* /lost+found /var/www/ /root/

  • What rsync command (and options) did you use? Please add this to your question Commented Feb 4 at 13:23
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    ok, i get it work! Commented Feb 4 at 20:55

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It Works (Debian 9):

  1. first build a qcow2 Image (first attempt Img Raw)

  2. format it in ext4 (parted)

  3. mount as NetBlockDevice to /mnt/example

  4. Rsync -aAXv to /mnt/example

  5. Copy /boot/initrd and /boot/vmlinuz from Image to local File system.

  6. unmount it

  7. create new virt-manager Device (Generic OS), uefi x86_64, Image as SCSI Disk

7.1 copy /boot/initrd and /boot/vmlinuz file to local file system

7.2 Add boot-Options -> direct Kernel-> the initrd and vmlinuz file

7.3 add kernel boot parameters : root=/dev/sda1

8.0 in First booted system:

8.1 mount -o remount,rw /dev/sda1 /

8.2 cat blkid >> /etc/fstab

8.3 comment out old root Mount and build same line with new UUID

It works!

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