[CentOS] your advice on backup procedure

Sat Mar 24 01:28:43 UTC 2012
Steven Crothers <steven.crothers at gmail.com>

Snapshot the lvm and rsync it to your house. Then wipe out the snap.
Seems easiest. Though it won't be the best for things like running

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On Mar 23, 2012, at 8:20 PM, Bob Hoffman <bob at bobhoffman.com> wrote:

> Hello all,
> I am down to my last hurdle of my project, backups.
> I am thinking of three different ways to go and wanted to ask for input
> on what you think is the better choice.
> Not asking for 'how to' but more of 'what is best in your experience'
> The scenario...
> centos server acting as a virtual host. Virtual machines are webservers
> and dns servers. All on one machine, all running centos 6.
> Virtual machines are kvm, sitting in lvm storage.
> What I want to do..
> auto backups of the virtual machines to be stored on the virtual host's
> extra drives for later download to my home computer.
> Many backup solutions and programs seem centered on a network of
> computers with file sharing. I do not have this and don't think I want
> to go that way on my host.
> My three thoughts, not sure which one to pursue...
> (involves certain folders, /home/ (which includes maildir), /var/www/,
> /mysqlhotcopys and bin files, and maybe a few more. I can rebuild the
> comp pretty quick and then restore, or maybe just do one big backup of
> each server, then work on the folders as a solution)
> 1- Amanda. I do not know much about it or how it would deal with mysql
> databases, but it look promising. I do not have a NFS in place on any of
> the installs.
> 2- rsnyc - some kind of rsync going from the host to each machine,
> putting it on the host's backup drives. Adding a mysql hotcopy of some
> kind on the VMs, along with bin files, saved to a special folder that
> will then be part of the rsync. Once a week full of both rsync and
> mysqlcopy, then incremental daily.
> 3- Use kpartx ? and access the lvm the VM is on to rsync internally on
> the host, ditto above with the mysql copy/bin setup.
> Number 3 seems like it is the securest way, but obviously not much info
> out there on it.
> Number 2 seems like the 'old way' and will require some real work to get
> it right
> number 1 looks good, but do not really know anything about it.
> Which way would you go, or do you have a different way you like better?
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