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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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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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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rsync to multiple destinations using same filelist?

I'm wondering if it's possible for rsync to copy one directory to multiple remote destinations all in one go, or even in parallel. (not necessary, but would be useful.) Normally, something like the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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How to backup a full Centos Server?

I switched a few weeks ago from a dedicated server to a VPS. Now that everything is working well on the VPS I would like to shutdown the dedicated server and close my account with the hosting company. ...
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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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How do I backup my TRAC instalations?

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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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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How do you backup a SAN?

long time reader, first time asker :) I have been reading up a lot on iSCSI and SANs in general and I believe I have been able to answer most of my questions and concerns on the topic, but this one ...
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How to choose a cloud service for backups

I am thinking of using a cloud service to backup one of my client's website. My (clients) main concerns are (in decreasing order of importance) Protection of IP (trade secrets, source code), user ...
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Backup solutions for Rackspace cloud sites?

What options do I have for backing up the content from a Rackspace Cloud Sites including files and databases? I know they have cron jobs, but I am not sure what options I have when it comes to that. ...
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What is your recommended disk cloning tool?

Symantec Ghost used to be the tool to use, but from what I read, you no longer get a cli-client, unless you are willing to buy the Ghost Solution Suite at least 5 licenses and have another service ...
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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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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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Best mixed environment (OS X + Windows) backup? [closed]

Maybe I'm chasing a pipe dream here, but I'd really like to find an easy to use backup solution that supports both Windows and OS X, presumably something people never have to think about until the ...
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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 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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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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Is there An open source de duplication backup solution? [closed]

I am looking for a solution for backing up about 30 of my servers that are a mix of centos, windows 2003 and 2008 machines. I have a san in another data center with a 1 Gig link between the sites ...
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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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How can I decrease the time spent reformatting / restoring user's workstations?

I started working for a medium sized company (approx. 150 users). When user's workstations need to be reformatted for any variety of reasons, we reformat, reinstall windows from an oem disk, install ...
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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.
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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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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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Migrate live server

I'm in trouble, I have a running server with the usual services (httpd, mail, sql), and looks like I must be really fast to prevent total data loss (my RAID array failed, so I'm depending on a single ...
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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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What backup software offerings are fit for “enterprise” use?

Coming from the FOSS area, there are few backup solutions which are fit for use in larger environments. There's an abundance of existing commercial backup software and I'm interested how they measure ...
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Backup solution for 10TB of data and 3 servers

I am looking for a backup solution for this scenario: 3 servers (One Linux mail server, 2 Windows Servers) ~ 10TB of data 2 TB of which are in daily use a few GB of activity/change per day ability ...
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What's the easiest way to back up EC2 instances automatically?

I'm worried I might log in one day and my fully configured instance has been removed. I would like to be able to back it up daily to S3 but frustratingly this is not a simple setting in the console. ...
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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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Areca 1280ml RAID6 volume set failed

Today we hit some kind of worst case scenario and are open to any kind of good ideas. Here is our problem: We are using several dedicated storage servers to host our virtual machines. Before I ...
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Open source backup solution for windows, mac and linux

I'm the sysadmin for a small company (60 users over two sites). We have a mix of Windows, Mac and Linux desktop machines. I have set-up a backup server at both sites with a large amount of storage ...
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Should static data be backed up every time to tape?

In the Backup and Recovery book, they write it is good practice to make a full backup every month, and then increments or differential back up each week. What if I have 800GB data and ~10GB changes ...
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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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Backup storage server with ZFS

I am IT everything man at a small company. I want to design a new infrastructure including a new server and a separate backup server with company wide backup policy. The most important thing in the ...
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How To Prevent Access To Unmounted Mount Point

Ok, I have this in fstab //windows_mashine/Backup /backups cifs credentials=/root/.credentials,rw,_netdev,iocharset=utf8,uid=1000 0 0 I have rsnapshot in my cron which backups /etc/ and ...