Chapter 13. Advanced Tasks

This chapter will introduce you to some of the more advanced tasks you can perform on your PC-BSD system. We'll discuss backups and snapshots, system upgrades and repairs, scripted and automated installations, virtualization using jails, creating a thin client network out of older hardware, and some of the command-line utilities unique to PC-BSD.


There are many ways to back up files and directories that are important to you. We offer some suggestions for what is available on your PC-BSD system. When deciding which backup solution to use, consider the following:

  • How much data do you need to back up? Is it just a few files or directories, or gigabytes' worth of data?

  • Where is the data? Is it all in one directory or ...

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