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Old 12-01-2004, 08:32 PM
ChristianT ChristianT is offline
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Backup Solution questions

Hey all,
I want to start of with a thank you for the excelent resource. I'm new to this forum, but I've heard lots of good things about the community here. Any way on to my question.

I'm researching Backup solutions both for a web hosting company I work with as well as for the servers in a tech school computer lab I help manage. In my searches I've come across a couple solutions:

1. shell script that tars and zips directoris and then sends them via scp to the storage server. this is what I'm currently using at one of the sites, but want to get away from it.

2. The Amanda backup system for Unix. From the research I've done this far it looks to be a stable backup system. I'm leaning away from this solution because it seems like it has a very high learning curve, and it doesn't play well with Windows. It also seems to be somewhat archaic, but I'm still open to the solution.

3. Bacula, this is the one that I am most pleased with. Though it is a fairly new project (started in 2002), it seems to be very feature rich and robust with a fairly low learning curve. It also does ok backing up Windows systems.

So there is my current situation and what I'm looking into. I'm really just looking for input about these solutions or any others that I'm not aware of. Have any of you used Amanda or Bacula?

I look forward to getting involved with this community. Thank you in advance for any input you can provide.


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Old 12-02-2004, 06:21 PM
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I perfer rdiff-backup for mirroring backup.

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Old 12-03-2004, 01:36 AM
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Do you have any reasons for why you prefer it? what kind of capabilities does it give you?

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Old 12-03-2004, 03:09 AM
LP-Trel LP-Trel is offline
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Originally posted by ChristianT
Do you have any reasons for why you prefer it? what kind of capabilities does it give you?
Its basically like rsyncing backups only instead of syncing the entire file you only sync what has changed in the file. It saves bandwidth making the backup faster.


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