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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2010. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends on February 7th 8th.

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View Poll Results: Backup Application of the Year
rsync 147 47.42%
tar 42 13.55%
Clonezilla 33 10.65%
AMANDA 18 5.81%
Bacula 12 3.87%
BackupPC 7 2.26%
dump 1 0.32%
DAR 5 1.61%
Mondo Rescue 0 0%
Time Vault 2 0.65%
Duplicity 4 1.29%
FlyBack 0 0%
cpio 2 0.65%
rsnapshot 13 4.19%
rdiff-backup 9 2.90%
Areca-Backup 2 0.65%
partimage 3 0.97%
G4L 4 1.29%
FSArchiver 4 1.29%
Back In Time 2 0.65%
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Old 01-16-2011, 09:26 PM   #16
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I've been very happy with rsnapshot.
 
Old 01-16-2011, 11:13 PM   #17
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I'll take a look at G4L for sure (didn't know about it)
Rsnapshot is what I currently use for certain large backups. However, my personal .*rc files are mostly handled by version control programs. i.e., git, mercurial.
 
Old 01-16-2011, 11:34 PM   #18
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I like Luckybackup which is a frontend for rsync. I've been pleased with the ease of use and performance for backups and sync.
 
Old 01-17-2011, 09:21 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by anticapitalista View Post
luckybackup - a front end to rsync.

http://luckybackup.sourceforge.net/
+1
 
Old 01-17-2011, 10:08 AM   #20
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my vote goes for tar, simple and good........
 
Old 01-17-2011, 11:54 AM   #21
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Dropbox!
 
Old 01-18-2011, 09:01 AM   #22
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What's your preferred tool for backups?

Well it should be preferred tools for backups.

I use rsnapshot for regular backups, and it uses rsync.

I use rsync for a few special purpose backups.

I use Clonezilla for image backups and occasionally use dd.

I also use tar to put data to tape.

I find FSArchiver a very useful tool.

I voted for rsnapshot, as it is the meat of my backup plan and running on my backup server. Next backup in less than an hour.
 
Old 01-18-2011, 04:29 PM   #23
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I use Simple Backup on my Notebook. It just does it. Very Simple. Very Robust. Does exactly what I want: logarithmic purging is just great!
Can you add it?
 
Old 01-20-2011, 01:31 AM   #24
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Bacula

I say Bacula, only because it reminds me of a 70s blackSploitation film. I actually use my own script for this. It's written in Sh.
 
Old 01-21-2011, 07:06 AM   #25
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I voted for DAR, but in reality I use the excellent DAR-wrapper SaraB. I'm happy with it's ease of use and performance both at work and home, where it gives me differential and incremental backups. And yes, I have been successfully restoring information from the backups, in production.

Anyone looking for a MySQL backup solution with minimal impact on database uptime may want to take a gander at Percona XtrBackup. I use it wherever I manage a MySQL database.

Hope this helped somebody
 
Old 01-21-2011, 07:53 PM   #26
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rsync and tar.
Woted for rsync.

Last edited by savotije; 01-21-2011 at 07:55 PM.
 
Old 01-22-2011, 03:31 PM   #27
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Cool I feel your pain...

Quote:
Originally Posted by choogendyk View Post
I always have a little difficulty with this particular category. I use several of these regularly, depending on the situation. I have scripts that do a find and pipe it to cpio. I have scripts that tar up a directory and scp it to another server. I have scripts that rsync directories between servers. I use ufsdump for root disk server recovery. And I use Amanda for backup of data on all my servers across the network in several different departments.

I think the category should be broken into at least two. One would be basic tools like cpio, tar, dump, or rsync. Those are things you use from the command line or incorporate into some kind of script or higher level application. The other category would be applications that either build from those or from scratch to achieve a more integrated backup functionality -- intended to run regularly, tracking schedule and previous results, using a configuration file, maintaining sequences of full and incremental backups, handling multiple partitions, drives, machines, etc. I would also be inclined to separate out disk imaging applications from backup applications.
I chose Bacula. I've embraced this as a scalable solution right on up through the enterprise.

But the thing is, I hardly EVER restore anything from that.

I need my stuff fast. And my clients need it even faster. My basic rule of thumb is such:

1.) When in the Enterprise, implement whatever the brass wants, make it pretty, and make them feel like they actually deserve their jobs (Even though they reallydon't).

2. Seriously folks When someone actually comes and needs a particular item, do you really fire up that clunky old Amanda, Veritas, or BackupExpress?

No. You don't. You go and get the stuff the client needs lickety split coz you're a savvy sysadmin and without telling anyone, you also implemented a solution that allows you to go and get all the goodies you need quickly, and w/o any fuss!

And that solution was implemented w/rsync, tar, dump, rsnapshot, cpio, and cp.

Really, sittin' there on that big ole engine is kewl and makes the pencil pushers happy, but thirty year old solutions are still the ones that get their stuff back to 'em when they need it quick!



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Old 01-23-2011, 12:06 PM   #28
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Seriously folks When someone actually comes and needs a particular item, do you really fire up that clunky old Amanda, Veritas, or BackupExpress?
Actually, yes; and, Amanda is not clunky.

For a few things that are particularly important, and that end users tend to screw up frequently, yes, I do have really fast local disk copies going back a week. However, that doesn't cut it for a general solution. If some generic faculty member comes to me and has lost some file from last semester, and hasn't had a copy recently, I can go to amrecover and have it back pretty quickly. That's what the tape library and multi-month cycle of backup tapes is for. And Amanda handles it all flawlessly with very little attention from me since I set it up. I just periodically review reports to make sure things are continuing to work properly.
 
Old 01-23-2011, 02:07 PM   #29
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tallship View Post
I chose Bacula. I've embraced this as a scalable solution right on up through the enterprise.

But the thing is, I hardly EVER restore anything from that.

I need my stuff fast. And my clients need it even faster. My basic rule of thumb is such:

1.) When in the Enterprise, implement whatever the brass wants, make it pretty, and make them feel like they actually deserve their jobs (Even though they reallydon't).

2. Seriously folks When someone actually comes and needs a particular item, do you really fire up that clunky old Amanda, Veritas, or BackupExpress?

No. You don't. You go and get the stuff the client needs lickety split coz you're a savvy sysadmin and without telling anyone, you also implemented a solution that allows you to go and get all the goodies you need quickly, and w/o any fuss!

And that solution was implemented w/rsync, tar, dump, rsnapshot, cpio, and cp.

Really, sittin' there on that big ole engine is kewl and makes the pencil pushers happy, but thirty year old solutions are still the ones that get their stuff back to 'em when they need it quick!



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My guess would be that you've nver been bitten by tar version incompatibility issues. There I was, needing to restore something from a couple/few years back, while unbeknown to me, the version of tar on my present systems was unable to untar backups from the "olden days". Go figure?!

I like Bacula. The SQL integration allows you to be pretty effective when it comes to restoring specific files from specific dates. Or perhaps a range of dates. Yeah, if you need to really turn back time on the way back machine, you may have to make a restore from offsite archives. In my experience, however, in such instances, folks are generally pretty ecstatic that you were able to do so.

Choogendyk and I had some pretty good exchanges regarding Amanda and Bacula last year. Rather than duplicate them here, I point interested parties to the 2009 Backup App of the Year poll.

More recently, I took a quick peek at Luckbackup. Looks nice for SOHO use but for anything more, I'd opt for enterprise grade solution such as Amanda or Bacula.

In this day of "disk space is cheap" and increasing tendency to store more and more on large arrays rather than tape, I recently had someone point out a benefit to tape that I'd overlooked - tape is a "greener" solution. Drive based systems use a lot more energy, especially to just sit there idle most of the time. I'm surprised the big tape and autochanger vendors haven't been pushing this aspect more - or at least not the ones I've interacted with as of late.

Last edited by gotfw; 01-23-2011 at 02:44 PM.
 
Old 01-23-2011, 02:18 PM   #30
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Thumbs up Bacula got my vote again this year :)

Quote:
Originally Posted by gotfw View Post

My guess would be that you've nver been bitten by tar version incompatibility issues. There I was, needing to restore something from a couple/few years back, while unbeknown to me, the version of tar on my present systems was unable to untar backups from the "olden days". Go figure?!
Actually, after coming to terms with such an incident, I worked up a quick kludge w/an old LiveCd once.

But yes, it took me completely by surprise!


Quote:
Originally Posted by gotfw View Post
I like Bacula.
Me too You can read my glowing review of Bacula at sourceforge - it's been on the front page of the reviews for some time now

Bacula got my vote this year again too

No Offense to Amanda though (Well, perhaps a little prejudicial dismissal).

Quote:
Originally Posted by gotfw View Post

More recently, I took a peak at Luckbackup.
Hey thanks! I'll take a look at that. Always looking for emerging technologies and solutions

Kindest regards,

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