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Linux - What directories should I exclude when backing up a server?

I'm backing up a linux server and storing it on some other server. I started off with a simple rsync -aPh --del server.example.com:/ /mnt/backup Then someone pointed out that I shouldn't back up ...
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Best practices for backup checking?

It is a common situation, when administrator makes system for automatic backuping and forgets it. Only after a system fails administrator notices, that backup system has broken before or backups are ...
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Looking for a free and reliable alternative to Norton Ghost [closed]

I am looking for ways to restore my system to a previous state easily. I am using Windows Vista and ubuntu.
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Should I backup and restore the `mysql` database?

In the process of creating an automated solution for backing up and restoring an entire MySQL server, I've come across the mysql database which seems to contain user accounts, permissions, metadata, ...
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Ways to convince management of a high cost

new here, greetings and such. My problem is relatively simple, but the situation is a tad odd. Currently, I have just been hired on to improve (essentially fix) a server room for a health care ...
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How do you verify a restore?

What tool(s) would you use to verify that a restored file structure is whole and complete? My environment is a Windows Server 2008 file server. (We use tape for backup, but that is inconsequential.) ...
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What is a good schedule / methodology for test-restoring my backups?

It's common knowledge on SF that your backups are only as useful as your ability to restore them. So you've revised and documented your backup schedule. You check the logs and/or receive ...
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Can you set a backup ip for your server in DNS?

Is there a way that the DNS protocol can natural hold a backup A type server address, like a backup name-server or mail server ? After googling i just got results on backup nameservers. If there isnt ...
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How To Backup “crontab -e” Files?

I want to do a complete server backup. I already have my backup script copying all of the html/php files for the web app, and the mysql databases, placing them into a .tar.gz file. How can I add the ...
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Restore Virtualbox snapshot from backup

I have a .SAV and .VHD file from a backup. Since these files were created the revert to snapshot feature was used, by design this deleted everything since the snapshot was created. However I now need ...
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In a managed environment, should user PCs have local external HD backups?

Our environment manages thousands of user PCs, provides high-end secure file servers. Users (from new staff to executive-level) are urged to store data to the file servers and generally do so. PCs ...
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How can I restore a duplicity backup from a certain date?

Is it possible to restore a duplicity backup from a certain time in the past? For example, if I'm making daily incremental backups, is there a way to restore a backup from three days ago?
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Create a MySQL slave from another slave, but point it at the master

Problem I have MySQL replication setup between 2 servers, master (A) and slave (B). I need to add a new slave to the mix (C). I want this slave to get it's updates directly from the master, I do not ...
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Ridiculous Exchange database restore scenario

Okay, so I have a little bit of a challenge for the Exchange pros. I am looking for the mailbox database that a specific user was on... Before their account (and mailbox) was destroyed, around 7 ...
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Best method to clone a Windows server?

I have a Windows Server 2012 production server I am running with RDS set up. I want to copy everything I have done to set up this RDS server (user profiles, files, settings, etc) and make a second ...
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Automated bare-metal recovery practices for small network

I have several machines which are on a small network with one DC and 3 to 5 workstations on the network at any given time. These are all setup with DNS and AD on the same server. I want the ability ...
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How to do scheduled Linux server backup

I need to organize automated backup for databases, websites, ftp, email, etc. at Ubuntu 9.04 and since I've never done it before, I'm looking for places to learn. What needs to be done, what (free) ...
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How do data recovery firms recover data from a “dead” hard disk?

The hard drive in my laptop just died, and it's been about a week since I ran a full backup. I know there are companies that specialize in data recovery from dead hard disks. I'm curious how they do ...
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Restore database from backup file, where file name matches reg expression

I am doing the below : RESTORE DATABASE UAT FROM DISK = 'E:\Databases\backup\MY_LIVE_20120720_070001.bak' WITH REPLACE But I want to be able to use a file location that ignores the numbers in the ...
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SQL Server 2005 died

My SQL Server died and I can access the files on the C Drive but booting is a no go. Yesterdays backup is great but need today's data. I found the C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL ...
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Can I restore a SQL Server 2008 R2 backup to SQL Server 2008 R2 Express?

I have a server that's currently running SQL Server 2005 Express, and I need to restore a database backup that a developer has modified using SQL Server 2008 R2 [I think the full version, but still ...
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Protecting Backups from Viruses

Currently we are using ReadyNAS RN102 by NETGEAR to hold all our images from all our machines. My question is can viruses expand from the machines and infect the NAS drive and the backups? We are ...
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How to restore mysql database from the physical files?

I just reinstalled my system, I didn't do dump backup but I still have the physical folder of my previous mysql installations. Is possible to use it to restore and update my current configuration?
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How to test the integrity of an Exchange database?

I would like to verify the integrity of my Exchange 2010 database backups and could use some guidance. We have an Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 server that we backup but I don't know if the ...
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Backing up Windows Server 2008 R2 to FTP server

I'm looking for an inexpensive way of backing up my Windows 2008 R2 dedicated server to an FTP server. To be any useful, the software should also be able to restore the server by using a bootable CD ...
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Looking for a script to restore a SQL server backup

I'm looking for a script to restore a SQL Server 2005 backup. Ideally the script will have the following features handle backup files on a network location Handle different file structure of source ...
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Backup unix files to filesystem which doesn't allow chgrp/chown etc

I unfortunately have no choice but to backup some files from a ext3 parition on a server to a filesystem which does not allow me to set and edit the normal file attributes (NFS, with all_squash set so ...
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What is the recommended wordpress backup strategy?

What is the recommended backup strategy for a wordpress blog. Is there anything smarter than grabbing snapshots of the full directory? Does that give me the most likelihood of being able to recover ...
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LTO-3 restore from backup when backup software is unknown

I was recently asked to restore the backups of some HP Ultrium LTO-3 tapes to a portable HDD, the company that owned the tapes liquidized and the old CEO wanted the backups in a form they could read ...
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Restore Oracle 9 backup on Oracle 11 server?

We have a client who is using Oracle 9i on their old server, and they want to switch to Oracle 11 on the new server. They want to backup the old database and restore it on the new server. Is this ...
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Restoring openldap configuration from ldif file?

I am trying to restore my OpenLDAP server from an ldif file I made before it went horribly wrong. All of the websites I found talk about using slapadd but when I run slapadd -v -l ...
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How to simlify MS SQL server database restore?

I have to restore various SQL server databases several times a day (for development purposes). In SSMS interface it takes forever and it is even longer to type RESTORE DATABASE command with all it's ...
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SQL Server 2008 - scheduled copy of production database into test and development databases

I wish to schedule a copy from my production database into two other databases. The databases are located on same server (instance?). The databases are currently backed up to server hard drive every ...
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SQL Server : Restore Database; Failed. “error not found”

I have just installed SQL Server 2005 on a fresh machine, and I'm trying to import 2 databases from one of my servers. This has worked fine for a box that I did this morning but now I'm getting some ...
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Backup strategies for linux based file servers

I want to know some enterprise-wide backup strategies used for linux based file servers. What are the tools and techniques used when making a backup. for e.g when a backup fails on a machine, it ...
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Mirroring an entire machine

What's the most appropriate way to constantly mirror all the settings and data from one Linux machine to another? I have a critical server, which I'd like to have a "hot spare" available for in case ...
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How to backup VirtualBox virtual server?

I'd like to setup a server running in a VirtualBox virtual machine on a Linux host system. What would be an effective way to backup this virtual server "whole", so that in the event of either a host ...
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rsync and --fake-super - how to preserve attributes?

I have been trying to sort out my backups, so that when files are restored the owners/groups and any other metadata are correctly restored. For my testing I have been backing up from a Ubuntu 9.10 ...
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Toast vs Disk Util?

I have several users that are insisting on the purchase of Toast. They will be using it to make backups of disks at possibly re-burn them if needed. I have used Disk Utility for that function. At this ...
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Using mongodb tools (mongodump, mongorestore) from another machine

I have a mongodb server (A) and a http server (B). I would like to run mongodump and mongorestore commands on http server (B) to backup data on server B. But these tools comes with mongodb ...
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Backup and Restoration Strategies and Softwares used by Sysadmins

I have been recently reading up a lot on server side backup software's and strategies. I am curious to know what strategies and software's seasoned sysadmins (here on ServerFault) use. The do's ...
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Mysql takes a lot of time to restore backup for test environment. How to work around it?

On a MySQL 5.1 Enterprise server db-dump takes a lot of time. I would like to reduce the amount of time to restore the db-dump or to be able to quickly go back to a known state. This machine is used ...
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How can I backup my Ubuntu Server?

I recently installed an Ubuntu Server for home use. As it was my first time doing so, it took a while (and a few reinstalls) to configure everything they way I wanted it. The server install itself is ...
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Best Web Server Backup Tips?

I have a web server that I run which has quite a few sites on it now all using SQL Db's - Its actually a cloud server from 1&1 (Win2008). I have the following in place in case of the worst: ...
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Back up Windows 2008 SBS to iSCSI disk

I've almost no experience with SBS 2008, so please excuse my noob question! SBS 2008 only has the most basic backup utility built in as far as I can tell (similar to Vista), and it will only back up ...
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What tape backup device can read a DC 2120 XL cartridge?

While preparing to move to a new house, I came across two forgotten tape backup mini cartridges from 1996. I know they hold the only backup I made of my original Remote Access BBS, with all my ...
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Backup plan for linux webserver in small business?

I am currently in the process of writing a backup plan for the webserver in use by my business. I am very new to this area and have a few ideas about how things should work but am unsure of what tools ...
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SharePoint - Do DPM and SQL backups affect each other?

I am trying to clear up an ugly maintenance plan on SharePoint databases that happen to also be backed up by Data Protection Manager (which is setup to take snapshots at 15-minute intervals). The ...
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Windows 2008 R2 Backup to DVD

Been playing with Windows 2008 R2 and I ended up creating a backup of my test server and stored the backup files on my local machine. How can I copy the backup files from my local machine to a DVD? ...
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Upgrading from apache 2.2.6 to 2.2.20. A big jump: what might break?

Like the title says, a long-overdue upgrade is needed from Apache 2.2.6 to 2.2.20. I have read this page http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/en/install.html#upgrading and I have the config.nice file. But ...