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 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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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 can I do daily backups for my VisualSVN Repos? [duplicate]

How can I do daily backups for my VisualSVN Repos? Its on a Windows Server 2003 machine with VisualSVN Server, I was thinking about just doing an xcopy of the folder C:\Repo but I'm not familiar ...
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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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How to restart automatically the server after the backup is done

I would like to restart my server once the backup job is done. I launch the backup job at the commande line using wbadmin start backup [options] This command only starts backup and exits. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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sql server backups: should i set them to run at the same time?

i have several databases that need to be backed up should i set the backup times the same? is there a good/bad way to do this? i am concerned that since they are going to be backing up at the same ...
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Laptop Backup Software (Corporate)?

I wondered if any of you who have a fleet of laptops are using anything to back them up, and if so what? In particular I'm looking for a solution that is totally hands-off once installed i.e. the ...
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Sharepoint Backup

If you backup the databases of Sharepoint, do you have everything backed up? Or are the documents for the instance stored on the disk drive?
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Backup of KVM guests when using qcow2 disk files

I got a Ubuntu (hardy) system used for virtualization using KVM. Each guest got it's own qcow2 file used as disk. Guests are running Ubuntu (hardy). What would a good backup strategy be for such a ...
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Any good rsnapshot nagios plugins?

I'm using Nagios to monitor servers, and we use rsnapshot for backups. I'd like a plugin for Nagios that monitors that rsnapshot is being run successfully. I've seen some rsnapshot plugins that will ...
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How to prevent a security breach from taking your online backups with it?

What techniques do you recommend for securing a online backups (to a third party service like Mozy) a backup that has the advantages of online backup but cannot be tampered with just by compromising ...