On 01/04/2012 09:24 AM, Rob Crittenden wrote:
> Erinn Looney-Triggs wrote:
>> On 12/27/2011 04:01 PM, Craig T wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> Is there a hot backup technique for IPA? From my reading the best
>>> solution is to setup a replication server then shut the replication
>>> server down and do a backup?
>>> cya
>>> Craig
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>> Yeah this seems to be a bit of a problem. I am currently working through
>> the same thing and all I can find is advice like, "back everything up",
>> because there are files used by IPA all over the place. That seems a bit
>> ridiculous to me, so I am trying to piece together what it really does,
>> and what files are really needed.
>> One part I have found so far is the hot backups for the directory
>> servers (note the plural, PKI has its own instance). You need to use the
>> db2bak.pl (not the db2bak script which requires dirsrv to be stopped)
>> script to do a hot backup of the directory server. The general idea can
>> be found in these docs here:
>> http://docs.redhat.com/docs/en-US/Red_Hat_Directory_Server/9.0/html/Administration_Guide/Populating_Directory_Databases-Backing_Up_and_Restoring_Data.html
>> Under section Unfortunately, those docs are wrong about how to
>> run the db2bak.pl script, so to figure that out you have to read here:
>> http://docs.redhat.com/docs/en-US/Red_Hat_Directory_Server/9.0/html/Configuration_Command_and_File_Reference/Perl_Scripts.html#Perl_Scripts-db2bak.pl_Create_backup_of_database
>> So far that is all I have, just remember to back up both your domain
>> instance of the LDAP db, as well as the PKI instance. You can then
>> easily copy those backup files, using your backup tool of choice. As
>> well as taking a copy of /etc/dirsrv/ and all it contains.
>> -Erinn
> This covers just one piece of IPA. There are also config files, SSL
> certificates, etc, for many different services.
> Backing up is easy. Restoring to a new bare metal machine and having it
> actually work is hard. Better to back up too much than too little.
> rob

Yeah folks, that is why I say "one part". I am pointing out how to deal
with one, and only one, piece of your setup. If I had unlimited storage
I would back everything up all the time, forever, because more is better
than less.


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