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Old 04-24-2005, 11:59 PM   #1
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Backup/recovery recommendations

My headless home server (RH8) is about to go from being a development box to a 'mission critical' server for my home business. I've been keeping tarball backups of the file system, but a recent spate of crashes (rpm-related) have forced me to completely reconsider my backup strategy. In a nutshell, I want to be able to restore a full backup as quickly and as simply as possible.

In the past, I have used Norton Ghost for my Windows machines and I really loved how easy it was. I also found it to be utterly bulletproof (I never had a corrupt backup and I did numerous restores, each in less than 25 minutes). In my dream world, I would like to leave the server headless and do the restore completely over a network connection, but for me the only critical things are speed and simplicity.

I would love some advice on the best way to backup/restore a headless linux server.
Old 04-25-2005, 12:11 AM   #2
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I have had MUCH luck with rsync. A great tutorial I read through is found at I've been using this idea on a production box for a little while now. I've tested the need to restore a system with the created backup, and had no problems. Hope this helps
Old 04-25-2005, 04:17 AM   #3
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Thanks korozion. I've started investigating. By the way, did you encounter any problems in your restore? I am rather afraid of overwriting active system files (or rather, not being allowed to overwrite locked system files and bodging my restore), which is why I liked Ghost so much.


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