On Saturday 26 April 2008 16:26:53 Jeffrey Goldberg wrote: > I am hoping that this is on-topic for the questions list. If not, I > apologize. > > I have a couple of FreeBSD systems, and I must confess that I haven't > set systematic back-ups of them. > > I've taken a quick look at both the Bacula and Amanda documentation, > but for reasons below I'll list why I don't think that they are idea > for my rather simple situation. > > Each system has less than 20G to be backed up, including OS and > ports. One of the systems, dobby, is physically difficult to get to. > I would like dobby to be a network client for backup. The other, > kreacher, is more conveniently placed, and actually has a cool little > USB hard-drive drive dock. I've tested that and it works. I'd like > this other machine > > So far, what I've been doing is running level 0 dumps on both kreacher > and dobby. In each case, I've had enough space in /tmp to create dump > files in /tmp. When done on kreacher, I've copied them over to a USB > drive. The ones from dobby I've scp'ed over to kreacher. > > At worst I could script this, but it I can't be sure I'll always have > the space in /tmp. I need to get the mounting of the USB drive clean > and stuff like that. Also, always running Level 0 dumps is bad for a > number of obvious reasons. > > My needs aren't to be able to always have the ability to recover some > file to the state it was a week ago Thursday. (I wouldn't mind that, > but that's not my primary goal). My primary goal is disaster > recovery: In the event of a disk crash, fire, or I really mess up the > system. Kreacher will shortly be running mysql-server with a couple > of very small databases. Otherwise this are pretty static servers > (light mail, DNS, DHCP, light HTTP). Neither machine can hold > additional disks internally or is otherwise expandable. > > Both Amanda seems designed for back-up to tape. Bacula, frankly, > seems too complicated. > > I'm sure that I could roll my own with dump or such, but I'm sure that > I would leave important things out and that this has already been done > by people who are smarter and more experienced than I am. So > recommendations please.
I have the same basic needs. I have been getting some success using (honestly my linux desktop, FBSD 5.4 servers) rsnapshot http://www.rsnapshot.org/ http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/217 Dont get me wrong, I would really prefer a gui setup, which is in fact why I started with rsnapshot as I am using kubuntu and there is a (retrospekt) app to do as winserver2000 to browse and do restores, but now that kde4.0 is out and it doesnt work with dolphin I am just continueing to use it for the backups. I use a desktop search engine to find the files when I need to restore one.. I know not necessarily what you are looking for but just my .02. Mike _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"