How To Clone Live Linux Server

There may be times when you need to clone your live Linux server for various reasons, such as migrating to a new server, creating a backup, or for testing purposes. This blog post will guide you through the process of creating an exact replica of your Linux server. We’ll be using a powerful tool called dd – a command-line utility for Unix and Unix-like operating systems whose primary purpose is to convert and copy files.

Step 1: Access the Source Server

Firstly, you need to access your source server. You can do this by using the ssh command, which allows secure remote login from another computer.

Step 2: Use the dd Command

Once you have accessed your source server, you can now use the dd command to start the cloning process. Here is the basic syntax of the dd command:

dd if=/dev/sdX of=/path/to/image bs=64K conv=noerror,sync

Here, /dev/sdX is the disk you want to clone, and /path/to/image is the path where you want to save the disk image. The bs=64K sets the block size, and conv=noerror,sync ensures that the command continues to function even if it encounters any errors.

Step 3: Copy the Disk Image to the New Server

After creating the disk image, the next step is to copy it to your new server. You can use the scp command for this:

scp /path/to/image user@destination:/path/to/destination

Replace /path/to/image with the path to your disk image, user with your username on the destination server, and /path/to/destination with the location where you want to store the disk image on the new server.

Step 4: Write the Disk Image to the New Server

Finally, after transferring the disk image to the new server, you can write it to the destination disk. Log into your new server and run the following dd command:

dd if=/path/to/image of=/dev/sdX bs=64K conv=noerror,sync

Remember to replace /path/to/image with the path to your disk image on the new server, and /dev/sdX with the destination disk.


Cloning a live Linux server may seem like a daunting task, but with the dd command, it becomes a simple and straightforward process. Always remember to replace the placeholders in the commands with your actual source and destination paths. Happy cloning!