[CentOS] Re: Backups on external USB HDD

Ugo Bellavance ugob at lubik.ca
Tue Nov 20 12:18:12 UTC 2007

Chris wrote:
> On Tue, 20 Nov 2007 06:43:54 -0500
> Ugo Bellavance <ugob at lubik.ca> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> 	I'm trying to implement this:
>> I have:
>> - A windows 2000 server
>> - A centos 4 server
>> - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Monthly.
>> The tape drive in the windows server died recently and I decided to 
>> switch to USB external drives.  However, the USB controller in the 
>> windows server is only 1.1, so it is very slow.
>> I didn't want to install a 2.0 USB controller in the windows server 
>> since it is a brand-name and I didn't want to make it unstable, so I 
>> decided to make the backups of the windows server (using Backup Exec)
>> on the linux box.
>> So backup exec writes on the linux box via samba, directly on the USB 
>> drive. (I thought of writing on the linux box FS directly, then 
>> rsync'ing to the USB drive), but the space available on the local FS
>> is about 90 gigs while the external USB drives are 250 gigs, meaning
>> that I can keep like 4 weeks of data on the USB drives (using backup
>> exec settings), while I could only keep 1 or 2 weeks otherwise.
>> My questions is:
>> -how can the USB drives be umounted/mounted automatically when the 
>> person on site changes it (monday to tuesday, for example).  There
>> will always be only one HDD conected at the time.
> I can't answer on the auto mounting however, consider this -
> Run something like BackupPC on the Cent box. That in turn allows rsync
> to fetch from the Windows Server without the extra overhead of samba
> etc.

Ok, but we already have Backup Exec on the server, that can backup 
exchange, brick-level and full information store, system state, etc.

I'm just looking for a way to be able to have backupExec to write to the 
external drive.



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