[CentOS] [OT] Building a new backup server

Tue Nov 5 18:10:34 UTC 2013
m.roth at 5-cent.us <m.roth at 5-cent.us>

Les Mikesell wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 11:26 AM,  <m.roth at 5-cent.us> wrote:
>> Still not sounding like we need it. We back up /etc from all our servers
>> (except for the compute cluster nodes every night, and keep about 5
>> weeks.
>> Home directories are 100% NFS-mounted from servers, and those are backed
>> up every night onto a handful of backup servers, as are various project
>> directories.
> Other ways work, of course - but typically they are much less
> efficient than backuppc which would only need storage for one
> compressed copy of each unique file in /etc regardless of the number
> of hosts or backups saved, are harder to manage, and often lack
> convenience features like being able to assign 'owners' to hosts that
> get email if a host is not backed up for any reason for a specified
> number of days or easily being able to control concurrency and the
> backup window for individual targets.    And home-grown solutions
> generally need someone who understands the code for support.  If
> that's you, I suppose that is job security...

Well, no - my manager, who's been here a bunch of years, wrote it years
ago. And I'm not quite sure what you're saying - we have a centralized
logging host, and the backup cron job on each machine emails its results
to our admin mailing list.