Several days ago the launch of the new version of the popular Linux distribution "Clonezilla Live 2.7.1" which designed for fast disk cloning (only used blocks are copied) and where the tasks performed by the distribution are similar to those of the proprietary Norton Ghost product.
In this new version presented the distribution has updated the base of the system as well as the Linux kernel to version 5.10.9 and that the system for detecting media that operate with Live systems has also been improved, among other things.
For those who are unaware of this distribution, they should know that is based on Debian GNU / Linux and in his work he uses the code of projects like DRBL, Partition Image, ntfsclone, partclone, udpcast.
It is bootable from CD / DVD, USB Flash and network (PXE). LVM2 and FS supported ext2, ext3, ext4, reiserfs, reiser4, xfs, jfs, btrfs, f2fs, nilfs2, FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, HFS +, UFS, minix, VMFS3 and VMFS5 (VMWare ESX).
In Clonezilla there is a mass cloning mode over the network, which includes the transmission of traffic in multicast mode, which allows the source disk to be cloned simultaneously on a large number of client machines, in addition to the fact that it is possible both to clone from one disk to another and to create backup copies by saving a disk image in a file. Cloning is possible at the level of entire disks or individual partitions.
Main new features of Clonezilla Live 2.7.1
In the new version has been synced with the Debian Sid package database as of Jan 27, Besides that Linux kernel has been updated to version 5.10.9 (the previous version used kernel 5.9).
Regarding the changes that stand out from the new version, we can find that the package exfat-utils has been replaced by a new set of "exfatprogs" utilities, created after the exFAT driver was added to the Linux kernel.
Another novelty that stands out is that improved the mechanism to detect media with systems operating in Live mode, In addition, Ocs-sr offers the possibility to define the format of the automatically assigned image name (it can include date, time, FQDN, UUID, MAC, etc. in the file name).
It is also mentioned in the announcement that includes configuration to assign CIFS version to samba_server (smb1, smb1.0, smb2, smb2.0, smb2.1, smb3, smb3.0, smb3.11, smb3.1.1) and also improved support for software RAID on Linux.
Leecher mode (-l | –for-leecher) has been added to ocs-btsrv (BitTorrent server) and support is provided for simultaneous deployment of multiple devices via BitTorrent.
Of the other changes that stand out from the new version:
- In ocs-sr and ocs-onthefly, the ability to restore and map a disk with reference to its serial number has been added.
- The basic package includes the glances, ipv6calc, atop, usbtop, bashtop, python3-psutil, vnstat, and iperf3 packages.
- Added f3 toolkit for testing flash drives.
- Added the ability to use the "–rescue" option to invoke ocs-sr in the ocs-onthefly command.
- An option has been added to prep-ocsroot to run fsck before mounting the local filesystem.
Finally if you want to know more about it About this release, you can check the details of the announcement In the following link.
Download Clonezilla Live 2.7.1
If you are interested in being able to download the new version of Clonezilla to be able to test it or make your backups immediately.
You just have to go to the official website of the project and in the download section we will find the link to download the system, or if you prefer I leave the link here.
The size of the ISO image layout is 300MB (i686, amd64).
As for the amount of requirements for the execution of Clonezilla, it is minimal, since the system does not have a graphical interface, so it is only limited to use through the terminal.