Making copies of data so that the copies may be used to restore the original after a data loss event, or for historical retention.

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How do you do the offsite hard drive backups?

I have been doing hard drive backups for a while, which I believe a lot of you guys do as well, but am having trouble figuring out a better way storing them offsite. I am wondering how you guys out ...
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How do I backup a mysql database, but at low priority?

I want to backup a database, but during the day when there is load on the server. It's vital that the backup doesn't impact apache and other databases running on the same server. It should be ...
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Long-term storage of Business Critical data

This is a really tricky one, and to some extent it's not a technical problem, and might not belong here, but Server Fault is for system administrators ... who manage or maintain computers in ...
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Backing up data stored on Amazon S3

I have an EC2 instance running a web server that stores users' uploaded files to S3. The files are written once and never change, but are retrieved occasionally by the users. We will likely accumulate ...
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Duplicity Full Backup Lifetime and Efficiency

I'm trying to work up a backup strategy for some clients, and am leaning towards duplicity for remote backup (already use rdiff-backup for internal/on location backups). Is it reasonable to want a ...
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What is the simplest and fastest way to transfer large file through a Windows network?

I have a Window Server 2000 machine running MS SQL Server that stores over 20GB of data. The database is backed-up every day to the second harddrive. I want to transfer those backup files to another ...
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Build a low-power file server

I would like to build a file server for backups. The server needs to be available 24/7 in a mixed Windows/Linux network, but service should not exceed 1 hour per day. Thats why power consumption is my ...
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How do you backup a storage server?

I'm looking at implementing a very large storage server to be used as live NAS for several other servers (all Linux-based). By very large, I mean between 4TB and 20TB usable space (although it's ...
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What ways there are to backup repositories for Windows VisualSVN?

At this moment we are using Visual SVN and we are backing up the entire repositories directory for visual svn. This backs up the entire data for each repository inside our svn engine. I am curious ...
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Backup MySQL Server

What's the best way to back up a MySQL server? I would like a method that doesn't require bringing down the server. Is something like InnoDB hot backup necessary, or can I just use the backup tools ...
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Downtimeless MySQL backups on a budget

My current MySQL backup scenario is to replicate our db to a second server and run mysqldump on that server to remove any downtime from table or row locking. This is working well but costs $150 per ...
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Docker volume backup and restore

I'm using Docker to deploy some services on a CentOS 6.4 server, and I'm trying to figure out how to properly backup data they generate. For example, one of the services is a web application where ...
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Setting up a new backup scheme

I'm in the process of designing my first ever backup scheme. I'm completely new to managing data backup, and there are some concepts that I don't totally understand. Here's what I've got so far, and ...
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btrfs-enabled backup solution

With btrfs hitting production in Oracle EL 14th this month (together with working fsck and scrubbing from Linux 3.2) I was thinking of redesigning my current backup solution to utilise it. Note that I'...
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What is Time Machine doing?

Sometimes OS X tells me that it's "Preparing backup..." for an enormous amount of time. The time it takes seems to have no correlation to the amount of data to be backed up. Same for the "Finishing ...
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How do you limit the bandwidth for a file copy?

I've got an old windows 2000 box in a remote location with a T1 connection and a vpn to my location. I normally use smb mounts to transfer files but now it's time to decommission the server and copy ...
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What good free software is available for backing up a few PCs?

I have a network of about 30 Windows PCs. What good free software is available that will automatically (scheduled) make backups (not whole HDD but only certain folders) for these PCs and save on a ...
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Amazon EC2 Backup Strategy

I have a couple Web server/DB server setups using Amazon's EC2. I am currently taking daily snapshots of all my system and EBS drives that contains all of my application files, DB files, source code ...
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For large files compress first then transfer or rsync -z? which would be fastest?

I have a ton of relativity small data files but they take up about 50 GB and I need them transferred to a different machine. I was trying to think of the most efficient way to do this. Thoughts I had ...
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Why do companies still use tape drives? [closed]

I found this, but it doesn't really answer my question. Disks even in the 1-2 TB range are much cheaper than tapes, yet I saw that Google uses tape drives for backup. What is their (disks) primary ...
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How do I backup my TRAC installations?

We use separate TRAC instances as our ticket system for many projects and need to have them moved off site several times a day for disaster recovery. What is the best way to make this happen? Is ...
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Why is it so important to backup your transaction log?

We're currently implementing a backup solution for a client and their ERP solution uses SQL Server. The ERP solution was set up by a different company. And they are telling me that it is super ...
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Sharepoint 2007 Backup Solutions? [closed]

SharePoint 2007 comes in with a built-in backup facility, but I've heard bad things about it. Namely, you can backup but not restore the configuration database, and generally that restoring is always ...
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Duplicity and Amazon S3 Script

I'm looking to backup my linux server to Amazon S3 using duplicity. I found a great resource here that helped me get it setup and am using the basic script that was listed there for me and now copied ...
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Simple Backup Strategy for Amazon EC2 instances / volumes?

You have entered Introductory Backups for Amazon EC2 EBS-backed Windows Images 010... I have been browsing my brains out to find a simple backup strategy for our single windows 2008 server running ...
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Any need to make backup of data on Amazon S3?

I'm hosting 200 GB of product images at S3 (this is my primary file host). Do I need to back that data up somewhere else, or is S3 safe as it is? I have been experimenting with mounting the S3 ...
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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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Best way to prevent the root system filling up when a mount fails?

We have an internal web server (virtualized, hosting ReviewBoard, but not super relevant) and we have a relatively consistent failure mode with failed NFS mounts causing / to fill up. Distro is Ubuntu ...
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Can NetApp Snapshots be used as Backups?

Our shop relies very heavily on NetApp Volume Snapshots for backups. We use traditional agent-based tape backups for some of our data but by and large we rely on the Snapshots for the majority of our ...
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How do I make a backup of a live server?

At my new job, I have a production server with the following qualities: Windows Server 2003, ancient hardware Absolutely vital database No backups whatsoever Everyone in the company has full admin ...
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Synchronizing very large folder structures

We have a folder structure on our intranet which contains around 800,000 files divvied up into around 4,000 folders. We need to synchronize this to a small cluster of machines in our DMZs. The depth ...
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Backing up qcow2 kvm guests

I can't find any good info on backing up qcow2 kvm guests. I'm not really interested in the guests running state, only the file system. This question suggests using savevm but that creates a snapshot ...
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How safe are Windows Active Directory Schema Updates?

I'm trying to get a better understanding about how Active Directory handles Schema updates, specifically how safe the procedure actually is given how critical AD is and given the range of situations ...
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How to backup VMWare ESXi using free tools?

What do I need to do to establish backup of ESXi 3.5 or 4 server? It is my understanding that the server runs Linux, so as far as I understand the backup sequence should be: create a snapshot of VM ...
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Amanda, Bacula, BackupPC Which has a reliable windows client?

I wish to setup an automated backup system for three Windows XP machines in the same building to a Linux server out on the WAN. I visit each machine every few months and make a disk image for a bare ...
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Is this a valid backup strategy for MongoDB?

I've got a single dedicated server with a MongoDB database of around 10GB. I need to do daily backups, but I can't have downtime with the database. Is it possible to use a replica set on a single disk ...
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VirtualBox - use in small office and backing up

I run a small office consisting of a 8 man development team and a couple of managers. We're thinking of moving to a hardware setup whereby we have 1 single powerful server running several VirtualBox ...
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Looking for an open source email archiving application [closed]

I'm looking for an open source application that will archive my email. It might do this by logging in to my POP3 account on a regular basis and copying the emails across, or it might just read my Unix ...
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How do I create a read only MySQL user for backup purposes with mysqldump?

I'm using the automysqlbackup script to dump my mysql databases, but I want to have a read-only user to do this with so that I'm not storing my root database password in a plaintext file. I've ...
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Which is better for website backup - rsync or git push

I run 2 LAMP web servers at different providers for disaster recovery purposes - a high powered live server, and a low powered backup server. Currently I rsync all the data from the live server to ...
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Should I build my own or buy a cheap NAS? [closed]

I've looked at this question and gotten some ideas from it. Assume I want something that runs quietly with raid support. I see the choices as being buy a home NAS solution most of which appear to be $...
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How can I backup multi-gigabyte databases in MySQL? Bonus points for speedier restores

I have a 4GB database in MySQL. How can I back it up? Furthermore, is there a way that I can speed up the restoration process in the event that I need to recover? I currently use a cron job every ...
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Best way to do Subversion backups?

What is the best way to do Subversion backups (on a Debian based server). Is it to use svnadmin? svnadmin dump /path/to/reponame > reponame.dump Or maybe just to tar the dir where the ...
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How to use a Volume Shadow Copy to make backups

The plan is to create a shadow copy of a quite large, I/O-heavy volume. It's 350GB, containing a filesystem-based fulltext index organized in hundreds of folders and hundred-thousands of tiny files ...
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S3 Interfaces for Backup, etc [closed]

Since none of the S3 "file systems" are compatible right now, what s3 gateway tool do you recommend for mounting a remote S3 bucket for backups? I've been using S3FS, but I've heard a lot of people ...
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Do you need -e ssh for rsync?

I always used to use the following command when copying from a server: rsync --progress -avze ssh user@host:/path/to/files ./here. However, a friend of mind showed me that I can simply do rsync --...
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How Serviceable are Tape Drives?

I'm contemplating an auto-loading tape drive as part of a backup strategy. This would be my first experience with tape backup. The cost-effectiveness of tape drives seems to depend on the assumption ...
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If RAID5/6 are risky due to URE, are full backup/restore schemes at risk too?

As I understand it, you have a high chance of encountering an URE during a rebuild due to having to read a large amount of data to perform the task. Does this problem also affect backup and restore ...
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Should the virtualization host be allowed to run any service?

I recently setup a virtualization server for the small company I'm running. This server runs few virtual machines that are used for development, testing, etc... My business partner works from a ...
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Backup Solutions for Exchange 2007

What Backup solutions do people use for Exchange 2007? In particular i'm interested in those that allow a mailbox level backup, so that individual mailboxes can be restored.