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 program to use for incremental backup of large single file

I'm looking for a program to make incremental backups of one large file (3GB) on windows systems over internet. Any idea? Thanks!
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Rsync over ssh: “ERROR: module is read only” suddenly appeared

I've used from some time rsync/ssh to backup my shared host contents to my personal Synology NAS (212j for that matter), and it worked quite well. For information, I use a password-less ssh ...
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How often should tape backups be verified?

I have an application running on a server that's being backed up by tape. The application handles large amounts of business critical information on a daily basis. In this case how often should I be ...
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rsync to NAS copies everything every time

I run Ubuntu Linux and use backup script that copies things over using rsync: rsync -rc /home/user/source /media/nas/destination or rsync -r /home/user/source /media/nas/destination However - it ...
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What is the best way to keep data synchronized between two locations?

For example, I would like to keep a lot of music files synchronized on two different hard drives. What is the most efficient way to do this? The more automated the method, the better!
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Backup solution (includes tape backup)

What would be the best Linux based solution for backup (later maybe tape backup too). There are Bacula, Amanda, and others. Any suggestions which to learn ? (Now I use compressed tarballs simply)
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tar file modified bit (am I being BS'd to?)

I'm working on a project where I'll be using tar to incrementally backup data on a server to a number of tapes. According to a senior co-worker of mine, tar will "set special flags on files so that ...
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Best method to backup executives' Windows computers

An executive asked me to do some research on backup solutions for him and some other executives. Currently they have been using Norton Ghost to image their computers to an external HD, which is a ...
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Things to consider when backing up Windows 2003 Server

Which are the most important things to consider when backup a Windows 2003 Server? It means something like: Common mistakes. Things to consider to do a complete recover. The most important points ...
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Tape backup size versus file retention time

How we back up We currently have a file server that is backed up to tape. The backups are incremental which means the files that have changed since the last backup get written to tape. Over time the ...
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How Secure is JungleDisk?

We work with a lot of proprietary information that we do not want compromised. Is jungledisk any more or less secure than say backing up to a tape drive and using Iron Mountain's off-site storage? I ...
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Disaster Recovery/Sabotage Protection for a small business

I've been contacted by two partners in a small professional firm. They are concerned about their other partner and want to take some steps to be absolutely sure that the company's data and systems ...
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Do I need to run a verfication on LTO tape backups even though the drives themselves perform verification as they write?

We have an LTO-3 Tape drive in a Dell media library that we use for our tape backups. The article about LTO on Wikipedia states that: LTO uses an automatic verify-after-write technology to ...
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What are some of the better backup software tools available?

This is something that we've been struggling with for a while. What backup software is worth its weight? Do you use an enterprise-grade application with all the bells & whistles, or something ...
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Backup with Mercurial and Robocopy?

The Problem We would like to backup our critical files from several network shares to a removable hard drive. We want to automate the backup so we don't have to remember to run it. It needs to ...
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Which is best for backups rsync vs rdiff vs rsnapshot

I am using rsync for backups from remote FTP to local computer. I read on internet that rsnapshot is better. Just want to know which is used in production environment
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Is sshfs+encfs stable?

What is your experience in using ENCFS with SSHFS for remote backup ? My main wondering is about long term stability.
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Enable SQL Server to backup on remote machines/drives

I have a SQL Server (2000, 2005 and 2008) and I'd like to use SQL Agent (or even a simple backup database 'xxx' to disk = 'yyy'), to backup to remote drives. I.e: i have a mapped drive in the SQL ...
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Is multiplexing several backups onto the same tape worth the risk?

This may be somewhat subjective, so if you feel the topic should be closed - go ahead. We make heavy use of Netbackup and a large, multi-drive LTO-4 library. We regularly struggle with getting ...
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Simplest way to export a SQL Server database

Using SQL Server 2008, how do I export a database to mdf so that I can attach it on another machine? (using "Attach") I tried detaching it (the english opposite of attach), but it didn't work out too ...
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Back up hardware

Our IT department backs our data up to an external harddrive. Do we not still have the same risk of data loss because we back up from 1 hdd to another hdd? Should we use a tape drive?
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Online Backup Strategy

I'm looking into an online backup strategy. I can see a few helpful questions on providers. I'm looking for general pointers of things to bear in mind when making an online backup strategy.
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How Can I Automate the Backup of a Quickbooks Server?

I have three computers: The first is the company file server which has the Quick Books company file, is always on, and lives in the closet. The other two are Quick Books Clients. All are XP Pro. I ...
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rsync to compressed archive of file

I take backups of a server with rsync, but those backups are quite large, and I'd like to compress them. Is there a way to have some sort of wrapper around rsync to gunzip the file in the backup, ...
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Best practices for backing up databases

I asked this on stackoverflow, but someone pointed out it would be better to ask here. Let's assume Subversion and MySQL on a RAID NAS. What are the best practices for backing up data? I was ...
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Should I be using LVM snapshots along with rsnapshot?

I manage a CentOS 4.8 server for a small workgroup. Last year I converted the filesystem to LVM over software RAID (RAID 1, two mirrored drives). I now have the following filesystems on LVM/RAID: ...
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Using rsync to maintain a copy of a directory with a name that changes

I am using rsync on a linux system to synchronize a directory between the local disk and an attached USB drive. The problem I am experiencing is that the 3rd party system that creates the backup ...
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Good/free tool or way to backup drivers

What is good free tool to backup all currently installed hardware drivers, or is there manual way to do it too? Also, simple way to restore backed up collection of drivers to fresh reinstalled system, ...
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SSDs for archival purposes?

Given the physical characteristics of flash memory, are SSDs an appropriate long-term storage medium for backups, etc.? Is their decay rate such that it is amenable to using them for rolling backups ...
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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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does rsync's delta algorithm work on a samba share?

I have a cron job to use rsync to sync the data on a windows samba share (that i mount using /etc/fstab on boot). My problem is that the transfer seems to take almost as long as the initial transfer ...
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AS400 Backup Inquiry?

Can someone tell me the commands to view the status or logs of our backup jobs that are running on our AS400? Our sysadmin decided to walk out last week and I would like to check on these jobs to ...
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Online backup — any real tests?

I'm considering using online backup for my business. Is anybody publishing rigorous test results for services like Jungle Disk, Mozy, Carbonite, etc.? I'm looking for measures of whether the ...
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When using hard disks as inactive storage, what is best amount of disk activity?

Hard drives are a reasonably cheap way to store a lot of data, and have other advantages. I am considering using them as backup media for long-term storage. I've heard that if I disconnect a hard ...
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Offsite backup of Terabytes of data

I'm looking for a way to create an offsite backup of around 8TB of data. I've currently broken the data down into 2-4TB file systems and I'm using ShadowProtect to backup the data from an SBS 2003 ...
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Best practice for IIS 6.0 (Windows Server 2003) backups?

What is the best backup strategy for saving IIS 6.0 data: web metadata, files, logs etc. for disaster recovery?
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Duplicity not writing to a pre-existing S3 bucket

I'm trying to backup a directory to a pre-existing Amazon S3 bucket using the following command: duplicity --no-encryption system/ s3+http://MY_BUCKET_NAME/backup However, I'm getting the following ...
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Malformed rsync command on ReadyNAS

I'm trying to set up rsync backups on my ReadyNAS and I'm getting the following error: ERROR: The remote path must start with a module name not a / This error is accompanied by the following ...
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Should I run DBCC checkdb before full backups? Or after?

We have a mix of SQL 2000, 2005, and 2008 servers, and we've always run a DBCC CHECKDB nightly just before the full backups, under the theory that you want to make sure the DB is in good shape before ...
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Do you know of an online back up & sync solution for Windows that actually works?

I've been looking for some time for a program that backups your data to the cloud and is also able to sync 2 or more computers. By syncing I mean, if I change something on one computer that it should ...
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SQL Server Express

If I have 50k hits per day on a site using SQL Server express, is that an issue? How easy is it to schedule backup and other tasks? I know it's all doable, but is it more of a pain? EDIT: I ...
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fastest backup for large files

what is the fastest way to duplicate a folder contain few files with few hundred megs size and other few megs small files? (say, /var/lib/mysql) cp or tar or rsync or...??
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Any open source backup software with NDMP support? [closed]

Is there any open source backup software with NDMP support? I'm looking for open source software (or free software) for backing up a large NAS file server, which supports the NDMP protocol and uses ...
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Using Windows Azure storage for backup

I am currently looking at Windows Azure blobs as an option for backing up archive data. I want to be able to upload files from an external windows machine via the internet but I don't know enough ...
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Is using a NAS with hot swap disks an effective way of cycling backups?

We are looking at improving our backup solution. We don't have a huge amount of data to back up (currently ~500GB) which is backed up nightly onto an external HD. We have 3 of these HD, with one going ...
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Looking for a Backup/Recreate Solution

I have 2 crucial servers that are running an unsupported & ancient version of Linux, and there's currently no disaster plan for them. I want to set up a backup system for them, and be able to ...
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Rsync -avzHP follows hardlinks instead of copying them as hardlinks

I use rsnapshot to create hourly/daily/weekly/monthly backups of my "work"-share. Now I'm trying to copy the whole backup-directory onto an external drive using rsync. I used this command/parameters ...
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Proper use of disk to disk to tape backup using de-duplication and LTO5

I currently have ~12TB of data for a full disk to tape (LTO3) backup. Needless to say, it's now requiring over 16 tapes so I'm looking at other solutions. Here is what I've come up with. I'd like ...
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Portable, Direct Attached Storage: does such a device exist?

I'm still a fan of tape. I know it's "dying" but for capacity, longevity, and portability, it's pretty tough to beat. However, I have some clients and prospects that have a "hate-on" for tape and ...
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Full-featured online backup providers for medium-sized enterprise? [closed]

I've been banging my head against the wall trying to find an online backup service that supports all of the following enterprisey features: Full-system backup for Linux and Windows 2003/2008 ...