In Windows there is a way to backup the entire PC. This method uses Volume Shadow Service to create a snapshot of the disk. This snapshot can be used to restore the OS and all user files and settings to the point in time when backup was taken. The Volume Shadow service allows the backup to be made even when files are in use.

Is there a similar feature in OpenSuSE 11? I have tried the system backup in YaST and rsnapshot (based on rsync) but none made me feel that the entire OS+user files+settings have been backed up.

I have mapped Iomega NAS using cifs mount and I want to backup to a directory on this mount.


As I understand it system backup merely makes a copy of all the changes from the original installation; so to restore you reinstall followed by restoring the changes. You can of course copy the entire contents of a partition to another location if you prefer.