[kwlug-disc] Backup and Recovery in the 21st Century

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 8 14:43:17 EST 2010


Do you have a monitor to ensure the backup finished correctly?

I've seen people finding out that the backup system had been failing for weeks when they needed it the most.

Raul Suarez

Technology consultant
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--- On Fri, 1/8/10, Insurance Squared Inc. <gcooke at insurancesquared.com> wrote:

> From: Insurance Squared Inc. <gcooke at insurancesquared.com>
> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Backup and Recovery in the 21st Century
> To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Received: Friday, January 8, 2010, 2:13 PM
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>  My office DB server sits in the back closet, I've
> dropped a couple of
> big drives into it.  Every night at 3am my webserver and
> desktops rsync
> any changes over to the server to drive A.  So I have a
> snapshop of
> last night.  Then on the backup server after the rsync is
> done I gzip
> everything and copy that daily snapshot to drive B.  Then
> once every
> couple of months I burn a couple of snapshots to a dvd and
> clean up
> drive B again.  
> 
> 
> 
> Benefits:
> 
> - it's automated.  and it's fairly fault
> tolerant.  If I forget to
> clean up drive B I lose my daily archives but not my last
> night's
> backup.  Easy to add another desktop into the process as
> well.
> 
> Cons:
> 
> - It's not meant to be a bare metal easy restore. 
> I'm just backing up
> data (/home directories and config files). And  after
> zipping I can fit
> my entire operation on a DVD.  I certainly don't have
> anything
> approaching 700gigs.
> 
> 
> 
> But first and foremost, when it comes to backups, remember
> that HD
> space is cheap cheap cheap, so use it liberally.  
> 
> 
> 
> g.
> 
> 
> 
> Chris Irwin wrote:
> So it looks my Tape Library is no more. It is
> an ex-Tape
> Library.
> 
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> 
> I thought I would ping the list to see what everybody else
> is doing for
> Backup and Recovery, both in terms of physical storage
> (I've got 700GB
> and growing) to software used.
> 
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> 
> I'm currently thinking about buying a few 2TB disks to
> use as my
> physical media and swap them every week, then something
> like BackupPC,
> rsync, or rdiff-backup to dump onto whatever disk is
> currently mounted,
> possibly giving me nightlies within that week.
> 
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> 
> For my Linux systems (read: important systems) restoration
> from a hard
> disk would be as simple as cp and grub-install from a
> live-cd. What
> about Windows and Mac OS? Are there any simple ways to
> restore those
> systems without having to fall back to restoring data on a
> fresh
> install? The Mac is my girlfriends primary work machine so
> downtime for
> reinstalling and re-licensing is rather undesirable.
> 
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> 
> The Windows machine is a toy for games, but reinstalling
> everything on
> that is such a pain that I'd like to make restorations
> simple there too.
> 
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> 
> Ideally I'd like to spend as little as possible on
> this, so things like
> LTO-4 drives are out of the question.
> 
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> 
> -- 
> 
> Chris Irwin
> 
> <chris at chrisirwin.ca>
> 
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