[CentOS] Backup server

Jussi Hirvi listmember at greenspot.fi
Wed Jan 13 15:20:28 UTC 2010

On 13.1.2010 12:04, Sorin Srbu wrote:
> 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 
> suitable.
> What do you use for backing up data?

I think nobody has yet mentioned rdiff-backup. I have very good 
experiences with it. Easy to setup and control (only remember first to 
install the required packages, and I think rsync-devel was not mentioned 
but is required).

Rdiff-backup keeps up an exact copy of the source director(ies), plus it 
maintains a separate directory for deleted/changed items. With an 
appropriate command you can restore the source directory as it was at a 
given point of time. Very neat, and space-saving.


- Jussi

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