Knoppix Saves The Day
If you administer even just one Linux server, then your toolbox is not complete without a Knoppix CD in it. Not familiar with Knoppix? It’s an entire Linux installation on a bootable CD-ROM, and for drive failures and other odd problems it’s indispensable. In fact, I’ve even used Knoppix to rescue bungled Windows machines.
This weekend, an older Linux server that I administer (which has been close to retirement for a couple of months and therefore isn’t doing much productive) lost its mind. Well, OK, it lost its hard drive…sort of. The machine still booted, but the drive had some weird corruption and several critical system files were no longer present and accounted for.
So I pulled the machine from the rack, brought it home, popped in a Knoppix CD, and within an hour or so I had recovered virtually all of the data from the /home directory and had recovered the two customer websites that were on the box. Much easier and faster than going to my backups, and I got the files that were absolutely up to date.
You can download Knoppix from http://www.knoppix.com/ (it’s a freebie). Highly recommended.