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Old 01-22-2013, 08:31 AM   #1
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Default Server backup.. What software do you use?

What software are you guys using to backup your servers? Linux and Windows.

Have used Symantec Backup Exc but at my new job the cost is to high.. looking for other suggestions.

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Old 01-22-2013, 09:25 AM   #2
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We've been using the Unitrends appliances for about a year now. I am glad we got rid of Symantec.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:26 AM   #3
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I'll check it out, thanks.

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We've been using the Unitrends appliances for about a year now. I am glad we got rid of Symantec.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:10 PM   #4
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Several years ago I used Veritas and CommCell to do tape backups, for disk backups there is Barracuda. Just some ideas.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:37 PM   #5
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c:/copy this to that
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:24 PM   #6
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backup ? snap shots ? whole server bare metal restores ? or just plan old file backup ?
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:19 PM   #7
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vRanger for grabbing snapshots of VMs, plus Microsoft DPM for everything else (or for stuff where vRanger backups are insufficient).
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:19 PM   #8
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If you Linux is VM on Hyper-v check out Data Protection Manager.
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:53 PM   #9
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In our org, we use ArcServ for to Tape Back ups

In our newer VM environments we use Veeam for VMware snapshot backups and again ArcServ for weekly to tape backups that are sent off site.
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:40 PM   #10
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rsync, with a couple reusable scripts where I just have to put the source and destination, then I set a cron job. I have key pair auth setup so these scripts can connect to other servers without needing a password.
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rsync, with a couple reusable scripts where I just have to put the source and destination, then I set a cron job. I have key pair auth setup so these scripts can connect to other servers without needing a password.
Would you mind sharing some examples? I'm working on a raspberry pi setup to auto backup photos across the Web and an kind of new to Linux backups :-)
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Would you mind sharing some examples? I'm working on a raspberry pi setup to auto backup photos across the Web and an kind of new to Linux backups :-)
Sure, here is one of the scripts I use:

Code:
date

sourcepath="/raid1/intranet/"
pathname="/raid1/backups/servers/borg/intranet/"
datefile=`date +%a`

mkdir -p ${pathname} > /dev/null

echo backing up...
rsync -vrbu --delete-during --delete-excluded ${sourcepath} ${pathname}cur

echo done
date
I tend to just reuse that and change the source/path. That's for local backups, non local I tend to just hard code as I go. Honestly, I've been wanting to just write a C++ app to automate all of this and generate the scripts based on a folder list I make. Maybe even make it web based.

This is one to backup one of my servers (runs off my main server)

Code:
dest="/data/backups/servers/hal9000/"



date
echo "Backing up HAL9000..."



mkdir -p ${dest}

rsync -rbuv --delete-after --delete-excluded "root@hal9000.loc:/data" "${dest}"
rsync -rbuv --delete-after --delete-excluded "root@hal9000.loc:/home" "${dest}"
rsync -rbuv --delete-after --delete-excluded "root@hal9000.loc:/etc" "${dest}"


echo Backup complete
date

The key though is setting up the key pair stuff so that you can ssh to remote servers without a password. I always forget how to do it off hand so I made a document on how to do it:

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How to configure rsync backups over key pair ssh


Server to backup to: srv_tx (pull data from srv_rx)
Server to backup: srv_rx


1: Generate key pair

On srv_tx:

Type ssh-keygen –t rsa [enter] and choose a location for the key pair

Basics:
File with no ext is specified by client to access server
.pub file is appended to server's /home/[user]/.ssh/authorized_keys


DO NOT enter a passphrasae

2: Distribute keys

On srv_rx in the user’s home directory create this file:

~/.ssh/authorized_keys

In it put the contents of the .pub key created in step 1 and make sure its chmodded 700 as well as the key files on srv_tx

Srv_tx now has passwordless access to srv_rx


Automated ssh access:

To execute a remote script on srv_rx from srv_tx:

ssh -p [port] –i [keyfile] [user]@srv_rx ‘cd dir;./runscript’

Automated Rsync backups:

To backup a dir of srv_rx to another dir on srv_tx:

rsync --delete-during --verbose --checksum --recursive --links --times --perms --rsh="ssh -p [port] -i [keyfile]” [user]@srv_rx:[remotedir] [backupdest]

To push backups, reverse:
[user]@srv_rx:[remotedir] [backupdest]
That's for "pull" backups but you can easily reverse it to do push as well. I personally prefer pull that way all my scripts are in a central location.


With the keypair setup you can also use ssh to run a remote command, such as mysqldump. So dump a db before running the rsync and then you backup databases too.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:41 PM   #13
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Netvault backup. We have windows, linux, and some mac. this products supports it all, and can backup to tape / disk
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