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i've got like a handful of linux servers and more on the way... any recommendations on what to use for a making backups? i'd like to do bare metal if possible.

i don't want to have to create tar scripts, rsync, scripts, and mysql dump/backup scripts for each existing server and custom another for each additional server. something easier to manage and maintain would be nice.

so like i hear stuff like bacula and stuff, but i also hear that bacula is kind of involved. like a definite rtfm. but i don't want to invest that reading time if it's not worth the trouble. or if there's something better.

amanda, mondarescue, sbackup...?

Fri, 26 Sep 2008 12:05:05 +0000

we use bacula, but it's handled completely by our hosting company and i have no idea how involved it would be to set it up.

as for mysql, if i am not mistaken, you can't use any of the tools you mentioned. you'd want to use mysqldump that comes with mysql or innodb hot backup if you're using innodb and you care about data consistency. you'd also want to dedicate a slave for this.

Fri, 26 Sep 2008 17:35:02 +0000

A bit more on the high end would be Acronis True Image. It takes an entire image rather than a backup copy and then does bit level updates to the image. With the additional Universal Restore Agent, you can restore across different hardware platforms and VMs. That is from physical to physical, physical to VM, VM to VM, and VM to physical.

List price is $1000 for the True Image and and $300 for the Universal Restore. Throw in 20% for the annual support and you get the picture. You would only need one copy of the Universal Restore Agent. Discounts start at 25 units, but you can catch them at the end of quarter and get a discount.

I think Veritas Netbackup also has a BMR for Unix / Linux. But of course, it costs big bucks to implement.

Sp Chess
Sat, 27 Sep 2008 01:05:11 +0000

Unfortunately, I like and use universal custom scripts for all my backups.

Chieh Cheng
Sat, 27 Sep 2008 01:29:01 +0000


thanks for the input Sp Chess. i looked into it a bit more and i think i will go with netbackup. we're a fairly high level symantec partner (who recently bought veritas) so i can probably get netbackup for cheap or probably for free.

i may still have to couple this with bacula or some custom tar/rsync/mysqldump scripting.


Sat, 27 Sep 2008 02:01:34 +0000

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