[CentOS] Backup server

Sorin Srbu sorin.srbu at orgfarm.uu.se
Wed Jan 13 10:04:20 UTC 2010

Hi all,

I've built a new backup server for our linux-clients.

Is Amanda the way to go for a backup-solution?

It seems to be pretty powerful, if a bit finickety to set up initially.

The way we currently do backups is to use rsync from the clients to two 
folders on an older server that rolls over every other week. This worked fine 
for a while, but the rsync is cumulative and the users generate a tremendous 
amount of data every day after having had a client upgrade with newer and 
hilariously fast computers for calculation. The previous *nix-admin set it up 
this way with rsync, meaning that we in the long run have data that is way 
obsolete and get  increasingly difficult to maintain.

As the backup solution must be next to free, ie "free beer", Amanda looks 

What do you use for backing up data?
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