[mythtv-users] Virtualisation .. can it do this? (HP ProLiant MicroServer N40L)

Thomas Mashos thomas at mashos.com
Tue Sep 25 14:26:35 UTC 2012

On Sep 25, 2012 6:38 AM, "Michael T. Dean" <mtdean at thirdcontact.com> wrote:
> On 09/25/2012 07:10 AM, Damian wrote:
>> So, my question is, could virtualisation help with this?
>> When it's time for a big update, could I clone the working virtual
machine and keep it safe. Then update the 'copy' until I get that working
great. Then just delete the original version?
> http://partimage.org/Main_Page
> No VM required.
> When it's time to upgrade, use partimage to create an image of the
partition(s) you want to "back up".  Then, put the file you've created
somewhere safe.  If you need to, you can then restore the partition without
> Or, an alternative approach--which is getting even easier these days as
hard drives grow to be almost too large for a "normal" system drive--is to
just create a few 20-30GB partitions for your root partitions for multiple
installs/versions, then install your Mythbuntu on one of them and leave the
other(s) blank.  Then, when time for an upgrade, install a new Mythbuntu to
a different partition***, and boot into that system.  If you're not happy,
boot back into the old partition to record that important show during prime
time and to relax and watch some TV, then boot back to the new partition to
work on it some more when you get some free time.  This gives you the same
ability to easily switch back and forth between the two installs that you
get with a VM.  The only thing you don't get is the ability to run both at
the same time.
> I actually use a combination of these approaches so that I have an image
file safely tucked away on another system just in case I do something
stupid and pick the wrong partition for my new install or whatever.
> Mike
> *** Be careful, though, to ensure that you use an install approach that
does not repartition/steal all the other partitions on the drive.  You can
probably get help on how to do this from Mythbuntu/Ubuntu users.
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12.04 + mythbuntu-repos. You will only need to upgrade every 2 years and
you will get the latest versions of mythtv
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