Archive for the ‘System Administration’ Category

GParted Live: A Boot Disk ISO You Can’t Afford to Be Without

May 2nd, 2011 Comments off

A quick overview of GParted Live.

If you ever need to partition or edit the partitions on your hard drives without an existing OS on the computer, then GParted Live should be in your PC toolbox.

via PCWorld

A comparative look at compact sysadmin distributions

September 17th, 2008 Comments off checks out lightweight LiveCDs useful for all kinds of system modification and recovery needs.

Things go wrong. Hard disks fail and whole servers crash. Luckily, many Linux-based distributions are available to help systems administrators handle minor catastrophes. We looked at four of the most portable, all of which fit on a 210MB mini CD — SliTaz, Parted Magic, GParted, and RIPLinuX.

7 Uses of GParted Live

August 4th, 2008 Comments off has a list of useful tasks for the GParted LiveCD.

We all fill up our hard-drives from time to time, but thanks to Gnome GParted, rearranging disk partitions isn’t as terrifying as it used to be. In fact, armed with a GParted Live CD, there’s a swathe of disk space fiddling jobs I can tackle without gnawing my fingers to the bone:

Partition and Image Your Hard Drive with the System Rescue CD

August 24th, 2007 1 comment

Lifehacker has a great set of instructions for using SystemRescueCD to create, move, and copy partitions on a normal PC.

GParted LiveCD vs Parted Magic

August 6th, 2007 Comments off

This week’s DistroWatch Weekly compares two popular, lightweight LiveCDs aimed at partition management.

LH Top 10: Free Computer System Recovery Tools

April 13th, 2007 1 comment

The top four of Lifehacker’s top 10 free computer system recovery tools are LiveCDs.

Non-Destructive Partitioning with GParted

April 12th, 2007 Comments off goes over repartition a hard drive with the GParted LiveCD.

“Okay, little Percival, let me tell you what partitioning was like in the old days. If you already had information on your hard drive, but wanted to re-partition it, all your data would be erased. There were programs available that would partition your drive without erasing all your stuff, but they cost money.”

GParted-Clonezilla LiveCD

April 2nd, 2007 Comments off

The GParted project has released a LiveCD which allows Ghost-like efficient disk and partition imaging over a network.

UnlikePartimage or ntfsclone, which only for partitions. Clonezilla, containing some other programs, can save and restore not only partitions, but also a whole disk.
Unlike G4U or G4L, in Clonezilla, if file system is supported, only used blocks in harddisk are saved and restored. This increase the clone efficiency.

Bootable system rescue Linux CD gets updated

March 4th, 2007 Comments off

Desktop Linux reports that  a new version of SystemRescueCD is out and now included NTFS-3G 1.0 .

HOW TO: Dual-boot XP and Vista

October 18th, 2006 1 comment

APC Magazine includes some information on WinPE and the GParted LiveCD in their instructions on dual booting Windows XP and Vista.

Super-Simple System Recovery

September 28th, 2006 3 comments reviews Symantec’s Backup Exec System Recovery Desktop Edition 6.5, which utilizes a Windows PE LiveCD to perform system restores of broken systems.

You probably don’t need to be told how important — make that critical — it is to regularly back up your company’s data. But it’s almost as important to have complete system backups as well, because desktop systems have become complicated beasts — containing updates and patches, user profiles, application preferences and myriad other customized settings. Restoring these can take hours or even days, during which time you have an unproductive employee.

GParted Now Supports Moving Partitions

September 12th, 2006 Comments off

Announced in the latest DistroWatch Weekly, the latest GParted LiveCD has added support for moving partitions.

DistroWatch Weekly

August 14th, 2006 Comments off

DistroWatch Weekly has news on a couple new BSD LiveCDs, plus and update to grml.

Ultimate Boot CD

August 11th, 2006 1 comment

Associated Content reviews the Ultimate Boot CD.

Free software without the strings

August 1st, 2006 Comments off

Knoppix Linux On USB

August 1st, 2006 1 comment

Tom’s Hardware has a quality how-to article about using Knoppix on a USB flash drive for various tasks.

This article provides a gentle introduction to how a simple Knoppix configuration can become an indispensable item in a mobile technical toolkit.

Dual-booting Windows and Linux the easy way ( videos)

July 21st, 2006 1 comment has some video tutorials on repartitioning a Windows machine. They utilize the excellent GParted LiveCD.

Linux on the Corporate Desktop: Success with Kanotix

July 17th, 2006 Comments off is pointing to a forum post by a sysadmin who outfitted the desktops at his company with customized Kanotix LiveCDs. The link is currently a little messed up, so here is the post.

Open source Gnome Partition Editor gets easier

July 12th, 2006 Comments off

IT Week mentions the new GParted LiveCD in a short article.

Hardware diagnostics with open source tools

July 6th, 2006 Comments off

NewsForge uses the great grml LiveCD to check their hardware.

A GNU/Linux live CD distribution can come handy for hardware diagnostics. For this purpose, my favorite live CD distribution is GRML, which bundles the tools we’re about to discuss, along with some other useful programs for both home users and veteran system administrators.