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linuxandtsm 03-05-2012 01:03 PM

list Important files to backup
Hi all,

I am going to retire a RHEL5 server.
What are the important configuration files (in general) to backup.
Thanks in advance!

Slackyman 03-05-2012 01:34 PM

It depends on which service the server was running.

njlinuxmike 03-05-2012 01:38 PM

Not to sound flip about it but disk space is cheap. If I were you I'd back it all up. Once the new server install is up and running fore some time... then you can get rid of the backup.

chrism01 03-05-2012 09:41 PM

I have to agree with both of the above.
Without a detailed(!) knowledge of the system in qn, there's no way to tell...

Slackyman 03-06-2012 01:51 AM

The very basic configuration is in common *.config files that are in /etc and in rc/init scripts and in /etc/sysconfig/ but I'd backup everything to be sure I didn't forget a thing :)

Satyaveer Arya 03-06-2012 08:00 AM

System files:
Most of the configuration files are inside /etc area.
/etc area:
*.conf, *.ini, auto.master, auto.misc, export, fstab, group, passwd, shadow
{Some important .conf files are dhcpd.conf, namd.conf, resolv.conf, nsswitch.conf, modules.conf etc.}
One important .ini file is php.ini.
/etc/httpd/conf/ area: httpd.conf {Only for web servers}
/etc/samba/ area: smb.conf, smbpasswd {Only for Samba servers}
/etc/ssh area: sshd_config {Only for restricted servers like NIS, DNS, DHCP, mailhost}
/etc/sysconfig: desktop, network, yppasswd
/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts: ifcfg-eth0

Sytem Data:
Most of the data is inside /var area
/var/named {DNS server data files}
/var/lib/mysql {MySQL database files}
/var/yp {NIS data}

Home Directories:
Any native directory (Not NFS mounted area)
/root area

Data area:
Any area which is being used for keeping data
Currently Started/Killed Daemons list ls /etc/rc5.d > daemon5list
{If machine is running at level 5, similarly for level 3 etc}

The important directories are /etc, /home, /var, and /srv. You may want to add /root, and remove unneeded bits from /var.

rsync is good if you want the files to be directly accessible, tar is fine if you don't.

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