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Old 04-11-2003, 01:59 PM   #1
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Cool backup software

Hey, I am a total newbie and taking on way too much to handle at my office, but's gotta get done. Ok I just ordered a server from dell. Hopefully it will be a sweet machine. I want to load linux on to it even though both computer engineers that I know are telling me to run windows because the other three machines in my office run windows. I have a feeling that they just don't know squat about linux and so they are scarred of it. There are three things that I want to do. I want to set up the machine as a file server which I know I can do through samba. I want to backup the other machines on tape drives which I have no clue how to do or what software is best for that. And I want to host our website locally on it which naturally I would use Apache for. If anyone could help me with any suggestions for the backup or for anything else, I would really really love to run linux and laugh at the other guys when their windows machines crash and burn and eat red hat dust. Thanks guys.
Old 04-11-2003, 03:17 PM   #2
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Software wise, and though I've never used it, I've seen BRU utilities recommended.
Old 04-11-2003, 04:11 PM   #3
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All of what you want to do is perfectly possible and easily implementable.

First of all yes - set up samba for backup. If you can do domain logins with then win boxes then I would suggest doing it that way and use a simple script to connect home dirs.

Secondly, backup - If you are using samba I don't know why you need to backup the PCs to tape - just backup the /home partition. If you want to backup program files etc on the windows boxes for some reason then:
1) Share the drives on the win boxes
2) On linux "mkdir /mnt/backup"
3) On linux "mkdir /mnt/backup/win1" (win1 being the first windows computer - call them what you like and do this for each machine)
4) Mount the drives of each machine (permentantly or probably better - do it just before the backup is run)
5) Bakup /mnt/backup (and your /home partition)

You may also want to shut the win computers down at night when the backup is done. If so - make your backup script create a file called "shutdown" in each of the shared drives and set a script up as a scheduled task on windows to check for the presence of this file. If it exists then delete it and shutdown if not - try again in 10 mins.

Lastly, a web server - no problem at all. One thing I do suggest is chaing the DocumentRoot to being on /home. Some distros default to /var and there is usually very little space on that partition.

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Old 04-11-2003, 04:27 PM   #4
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