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Old 01-11-2005, 08:50 AM   #1
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Question backup / restore

newbie question here - I am renting a remote machine with redhat 9 installed, and successfully hosting several sites on it using the pre-installed plesk software.

I am (carefully) working my way around the system using shell access, configuring areas that I can't in plesk (advanced MySQL etc).

I would like to completely back the server up to my local machine (windows), and use this backup to restore to another local machine so that I can test settings on a dummy server rather than the live one.

What are the best and easiest ways of doing this?
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Without buying expensive software and hardware, like Veritas (Netbackup) or the like, probably just a script that tar's up the data you want and rsync's it across the network to your own machine, etc. Perhaps write a script that does incremental type backups according to file dates, etc, and then do a weekly full backup/rsync, etc.
Old 01-11-2005, 09:08 AM   #3
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how does tar handle open files?

to do the restore, do I install a minimal system then just restore all of the files from the backup over the top of the new system?


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