[CentOS] Backup of large filesystems >500GB

Tue May 28 18:01:32 UTC 2013
John R Pierce <pierce at hogranch.com>

On 5/27/2013 11:13 AM, Mike Watson wrote:
>   One
> filesystem is very large, >500GB, and contains numerous large files:
> SQL, docs, church libraries in ebook and digital form, plus stored
> videos of church services.

note that SQL database files generally can't be backed up safely while 
the SQL database server is active.   either take a 'dump' or whatever 
backup of the database, and backup that dump rather than the raw SQL 
files, or stop the SQL service before making the backup, then restart it 
afterwards.     Details vary per SQL server, of course.

what would work really well for your general backup requirements, 
ignoring the above issue, is BackupPC.  build an onsite backupPC server 
with a file system sufficiently large to hold all backups you want kept 
online (I generally do 2 weeks of incrementals), and setup BackupPC 
archiving to move copies of completed backups to an offsite repository 
for disaster recovery.

john r pierce                                      37N 122W
somewhere on the middle of the left coast