DRLM – Disaster Recovery Linux Manager


Disaster Recovery Linux Manager (DRLM) is a Central Management Open Source Software for Linux Disaster Recovery and System Migrations, based on Relax-and-Recover (ReaR).

DRLM provides Central Management and Deployment from small to large Linux Disaster Recovery Implementations bringing a great Centralized Management Tool to Linux SysAdmins.

With DRLM SysAdmins can add/delete/modify networks and ReaR clients to manage, run backups and enable/disable Disaster Recovery system images to recovery through network.

Professional services and support are available.

For more detailed information about Disaster Recovery Linux Manager, please read the Disaster Recovery Linux Manager Project Web Page.


As DRLM has been solely written in the bash language we need the bash shell which is standard available on all GNU/Linux based systems.

Also requires some system services in order to work properly:

  • isc-dhcpd
  • nfs-server
  • tftpd
  • apache2
  • qemu-img
  • sqlite3

All other required programs (like sort, dd, grep, etc.) are so common, that we don’t list them as requirements. In case your specific workflow requires additional tools, Disaster Recovery Linux Manager will tell you.

DRLM is a tool to manage REAR systems, so all clients need REAR package and its dependencies to work properly.

For detailed documentation of DRLM and all system and software requirements, please visit: http://docs.drlm.org


On RPM based systems you should use the drlm RPM package. Either obtain it from the DRLM homepage or build it yourself from the source tree with:

$ make rpm

This will create an RPM for your distribution. The RPM is not platform- dependant and should work also on other RPM based distributions.

On DEB based systems you can execute the command:

$ make deb

For more information about Disaster Recovery Linux Manager intallation, please read the Disaster Recovery Linux Manager Documentation Page.


To configure Disaster Recovery Linux Manager you have to edit the configuration files in ‘/etc/drlm/’. All ‘*.conf’ files there are part of the configuration, but only ‘local.conf’ are intended for the user configuration.

TFTP, HTTP are the services to be manually configured. The other sevices are automatically configured through DRLM commands.

To configure the TFTP is nedeed deefine the DRLM Store Dir as root and enable the TFTP service on system startup.

To configure the HTTP is nedeed enable SSL in the Apache server and include the DRLM http config file in the Apache configuration files.

Also is needed increment the loop limit devices in grub config in order to be able reach all DRLM clients.

For more information about Disaster Recovery Linux Manager configuration, please read the Disaster Recovery Linux Manager Documentation Page.


To use Disaster Recovery Linux Manager you always call the main script ‘/usr/sbin/drlm’:

# drlm --help
Usage: drlm [-dDsSvV] COMMAND [-- ARGS...]

Disaster Recovery Linux Manager comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details
see The GNU General Public License at: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html

Available options:

 -d           debug mode; log debug messages
 -D           debugscript mode; log every function call
 -s           simulation mode; show what scripts drlm would include
 -S           step-by-step mode; acknowledge each script individually
 -v           verbose mode; show more output
 -V           version information

List of commands:

 addclient       register new client to DB.
 addjob          register new job to DB.
 addnetwork      register new network to DB.
 bkpmgr          manage DRLM backup states.
 delbackup       delete backup and unregister from DB.
 delclient       delete client from DB.
 deljob          delete job from DB.
 delnetwork      delete network from DB.
 expbackup       export backup from DB.
 impbackup       import backup from DB.
 instclient      install client from DRLM
 listbackup      list client backups.
 listclient      list registered clients.
 listjob         list planned jobs.
 listnetwork     list registered networks.
 modclient       modify client properties.
 modnetwork      modify network properties.
 runbackup       run backup and register to DB.
 sched           schedule planned jobs.

Use 'drlm COMMAND --help' for more advanced commands.

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