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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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1answer
57 views

ESXi alerts to consolidate but there were no snapshots taken

I recently came a cross a disk failure on our server and got the disk replaced. Due to this disk failure there were certain issues which raised and now its going up and down. What my problem is that, ...
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8answers
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Do snapshots + RAID count as a good on-site backup solution?

The two main reasons I can think of for taking backups seems to be taken care of when I use both snapshots and RAID together with btrfs. (By RAID here, I mean RAID1 or 10) Accidental deletion of ...
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2answers
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Can I re-attach my EBS while a snapshot is pending?

I have my database backed up to an EBS drive. My current backup method is 1) queue all writes (not important how) 2) kill database process 3) detach + umount ebs volume 4) take snapshot 5) ...
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1answer
86 views

Security of AWS automated backup via snapshots

I need to automate backup of a Linux AWS instance. I would like to do this via one of the many scripts available that rely on the API access of AWS to do snapshots of the underlying EBS volume. What ...
0
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1answer
81 views

EC2 backup strategy, 2 EBS volumes

i've currently set up a Windows EC2 instance with MySQL installed on the root/C: drive, with the database files, logs, etc on another volume. Is it safe to use snapshots to back up the instance? My ...
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2answers
424 views

Server Backup Strategy for Amazon EC2

Where and how should I backup my EC2 / EBS based snapshots OUTSIDE of EC2? EC2 provides a great product with their EBS based snapshots. However it is also a high risk point that someone could ...
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0answers
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EBS Snapshot backs up Instance - Is S3 also needed?

I have spent lots of hours reading about EBS & S3 backups. I believe this is the proper approach for our needs but I am not a SysAdmin. Setup: 1 EC2 Server w/ apache & database Over 250000 ...
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How to determine optimal size for LVM snapshot?

I'd like to create a backup script that uses LVM snapshots during backup. This script will run on several Linux machines. I'd like to avoid creating snapshot that is too small and gets full during ...
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2answers
336 views

What are the tradeoffs between using hypervisor- vs. storage-array-based snapshots as backup sources?

Suppose you have some virtual machines (running in eg. ESXi) that are stored on an iSCSI storage array (eg. EqualLogic PS4110). Now suppose you want to set up a backup and restore regime that looks ...
2
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1answer
115 views

LVM+MongoDB. Dropping in speed of backup creation

Till recent time we have been making mongo backups archiving LVM snapshot on hidden SECONDARY server with RAID10 on SAS disks. Currently operation on making snapshot from volume with 500 Gb of data ...
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2answers
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How to hot backup/snapshot an ext4 partition (in the absence of LVM)?

I'm currently tasked with bringing up a existing server to (at least more) professional standards - with as little disruption as possible to end-users. To have a proper rollback, I need to backup the ...
2
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1answer
378 views

I can't mount a LVM snapshot on a XEN host

I'd like to backup my XEN VMs by copying-rsyncing a LVM snapshot. I'm trying to mount a snapshot that contains a XEN guest's virtual disk (ext4). Below are all the steps I follow. I can't mount the ...
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2answers
3k views

Snapshot copy a VM to USB attached to ESXi 5.1 host

I was trying to script a snapshot backup of running VMs to a USB drive attached to the host. We are using the free hypervisor version of ESXi and do not want to purchase 3rd party products to do this. ...
4
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1answer
154 views

MongoDB Disaster Prep on AWS

I'm looking for best practice advice covering MongoDB disaster recovery within an AWS hosted environment. Our setup is fairly standard at this point, replica set of 3 servers (1 primary, 1 secondary, ...
2
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2answers
580 views

backing up MySQL living on a SAN using LVM snapshots. is this doable?

So I was looking into LVM snapshots and it seems like a feasible method for backing up mysql so that it's at least crash consistent. My issue is that I have mysql servers where the mysql data ...
4
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1answer
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Robocopy, do not overwrite existing files, but copy the changed / new ones

Is it possible to mirror the two directories without overwritting the files in destination directory with new/changed/deleted files. Something like snapshots. Example: Copy the source directory with ...
3
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1answer
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Is it a bad idea to do an OVF Export of a VM with snapshot data?

I'm currently using a VM running on ESXi 5.0 to dry-run installation procedures for a software product. We're trying a whole different bunch of things, so I'm making extensive use of snapshots to save ...
2
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1answer
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VSS fails on creating snapshot - various VSS writers failed state, timed out

I have several errors in my log. My environment is: Server 2008 R2 (virtual machines on Server Core stack). AppAssure Replay 4 as the backup solution. In the evening backup goes okay usually, ...
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0answers
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How to Purge old EBS backups?

Anyone knows of a good way to automatically purge old EBS snapshots? We have a cron script backing up the whole instance from inside, via EC2 API snapshots, but the snapshots tend to accumulate. I ...
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2answers
448 views

Can NetApp's WAFL export snapshots to files?

An exact copy of a ZFS file system can be made with snapshots using zfs send/receive. Can something similar be done with NetApp's WAFL, where you make a snapshot and export it to a file?
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2answers
257 views

open source backup system with user-driven recovery

At my old company we used NetApp, which supported a ".snapshot" feature. Whenever I did something stupid to my files, I could cd .snapshot and find hourly and nightly directories which contain ...
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Can You Specify Where LVM Snapshots Are (Initially) Stored?

Disclaimer: this is my first time using lvm. Upon RTFM, it appears that LVM snapshots are automatically stored in the same directory as the original logical volume. In my case, that would mean the ...
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0answers
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Troubleshooting 'Could Not Start' scheduled task error:

I'm trying to run snapshot on my server to back up the drive onto a local NAS server. I'm currently using this on a Win2k, Win2k3, and Win2k8 servers. Both the Win2k and Win2k8 servers are correctly ...
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5answers
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Backup solution for 10TB using ubuntu

I am setting up a backup server with roughly ten 2TB hard drives raided. The purpose of this machine is simply to back up about 3-10TB of data from another server. What is the best way to achieve ...
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1answer
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Synchronization of volume snapshots when doing whole system backups

Is there a way to guarantee consistency across volumes when doing backups from LVM snapshots? Consider this scenario: Some system upgrade is in progress. It will write some files to the /usr ...
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2answers
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Are ZFS snapshots + S3 a viable backup system for several VMs and general fileserver storage?

I've been tasked with setting up a backup system for my small office (around 12 people). Most of our production stuff is on the AWS cloud, so what I need to back up are some small office/development ...
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1answer
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Huge Server: Backing Up Many TB of Data with Instant Failover?

We have a very challenging system to back up: 1. We have 20 TB of data right now. 2. Each month we get another 3 TB of data, and about 5 TB of data changes each month. 3. We are currently a ...
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3answers
245 views

NAS solution for server image backups

We need at least 1TB of redundant storage for server image snapshots to be backed-up using shadow protect. What do you recommend for $1K or so budget? What else should I be considering for this ...
0
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2answers
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What's a good backup system to use on ubuntu?

I'm running an internal network LAMP server on ubuntu 10.10. I have another ubuntu running on an older ppc g5 with a 640gb drive in it. I'd like to run some software on that G5 that does some snapshot ...
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2answers
540 views

Question about Consolidate Helper - 0

Recently I had an issue where a virtual machine had ran out of space and was suspended, a restart was able to to fix the issue but when I SSH'd in I noticed there were two large files (both delta.vmdk ...
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3answers
553 views

How to take snapshot of the filesystem in linux (files, their sizes only, not their data)

We need to take a snapshot of your linux server. We don't want to backup the data, just a snapshot we can compare against changes.
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2answers
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Large number of snapshots on a ZFS system

Here's my scenario: I have two servers (well many more, but two for this scenario), one is a Solaris backup server, the second is a CentOS Linux Server. Every night the CentOS server runs a cron job ...
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4answers
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How do snapshot backups work?

How are snapshot backups different from traditional backups? I know that snapshot backups take a minimum of time, but I don't understand how they can do this. Can anyone explain this to me?
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3answers
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Backing up VirtualBox VMs

Does anyone have a good complete strategy for backing up a bunch of virtual machines running under VirtualBox? I intend to run a handful of virtual machines on a single hardware platform and back ...
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1answer
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Create a SQL Server full backup without affecting maintenance plan?

We use a centralized SQL Server 2005 server for web development. The server has a maintenance plan to take a full backup each Sunday and incremental backups on all other nights. All databases use ...
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1answer
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Backing up SQL NetApp Snapshots using TSM

In our environment we have a 3 node SQL 2005 Cluster which is on NetApp storage. We are currently using SMSQL (NetApp SnapManager for SQL) to take Snapshot backups of the data. This works great, but ...