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Old 02-11-2012, 04:31 PM   #1
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Best way to do this


Hello all

Please go gentl as this is my first post.

Anyway, I am using the now defunct RESTORE network backup software( it's documentation has been taken offline). It uses a flavor of Debian. So onto my question. It stores the backups in /var/lib/restore/data on the local disk. The local disk is only 40gb so I have a 1.5 terabyte external drive that I would like to use. I did some research and discovered that symlinks might be my best bet, but I am a little unsure of how they work. I did ln -s /var/lib/restore/data /media/externaldrive/data is this correct? When I look in the external drive there is a "shortcut" to /var/lib/restore/data file. Now are the files being saved in both locations or only the external.I ask this because when I click the "shortcut" on the external I see the data but it also shows the volume size as 40GB. do symlinks only act as a shortcut to that folder on the local disc? I need the saved data to be re-directed to the external.

I am sorry if this sounds confusing I was getting confused while writing it.
 
Old 02-11-2012, 04:43 PM   #2
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Symbolic links only act as a sort of super-shortcut, but do not actually contain the data of the file they point to. If you were to put a symbolic link to a file on your external, then put that external on another machine, you would not be able to read the data of the file pointed to by the symbolic link. For more information on symbolic links, check out the Wikepedia page.

So on to your issue, what are you attempting to do, make a copy of your backups to the external? Is there a configuration for this RESTORE software that you can modify? If not, what you could do is move the contents of /var/lib/restore/data manually to the external, and then manually mount the external to the backup location by first unmounting the external (but not "Safely Remove"), and then running the following command as root (Note: replace "foo" with the location of the partition on the external, i.e. /dev/sdb1):

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mount foo /var/lib/restore/data
 
Old 02-12-2012, 01:53 AM   #3
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Dudeman,
Thanks for the reply.

unfortunalty there isn't a config file that I can modify that I know of. What I am attempting to do is permanitly move the location of were the backups are stored from /var/lib/restore/data (the local drive) to the external drive. Is there a better network backup application that would be better for me to use? Keeping in mind my limited Linux knowledge.
 
Old 02-12-2012, 02:11 AM   #4
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Deja Dup is a graphical backup program that allows you to schedule backups to a local folder, an SSH server, or Amazon S3 services. It also allows you to encrypt the backup. It should be in the repositories for your distribution. The official website is https://launchpad.net/deja-dup

You could also take a look at backintime. It's a front-end for other software. There's a native one for Gnome (backintime-gnome) and KDE (backintime-kde) but I don't know if it supports backing up to a network location like Deja Dup does.
 
Old 02-12-2012, 12:56 PM   #5
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Dudeman,

Thanks again for the advice.

Howerver I am not looking to backup my Linux box, I need to back up several Windows 2003 servers ,mailserver, domain controller etc. I want to have a centralized server where these backups are stored. I have looked at Amanda, Backuppc and Bacula and they are to advanced for my limited Linux knowledge.

Any other suggestions?
 
Old 02-12-2012, 06:48 PM   #6
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Have you seen this 'Amanda HOWTO in 15 mins' http://www.zmanda.com/quick-backup-setup.html
 
  


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