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Howdy all

We have had quite alot of discussions on the list about this process but
I'd like to get some documentation together so we are all speaking the
same language.

So last night I wrote a script to backup IPA based on the below article.

https://access.redhat.com/knowledge/solutions/67800

This is fine and dandy. I have an easy way where I end up with a config
tarball, an LDIF export of Dogtag and an LDIF export of LDAP.


Now my question is "how on earth am I meant to restore it?


My test scenario is as follows. And you'll have to humour me a bit with
my imagination.

Background: Customer has a very small environment. Single IPA server
installation on a physical server. Several member servers and clients
all pointing to that one server for IPA / CA and DNS.

Incident: A very unhappy employee has just been fired for being a
naughty boy and decided, for revenge to test how water tight the server
was by filling the chassis with 5 litres of water.

Result: Server is no longer happy either. A new server deployment is
required to replace old server.

Thoughts for restoration:

My thinking was, to build a replacement server with all dependency
packages and then:

1. restore config files in order to start IPA services
2. restore LDAP ldif file to ensure LDAP data was correct
3. restore Dogtag ldig file to ensure Dogtag data was correct.
4. restart IPA services to bring things back online smoothly.

Of course Steps 2-4 didn't happen as they DEFINITELY were not happy to
co-operate.

I'm trying to get to a stage, where we have a method or procedure for
simple restoration. Once we have the ability to restore everything, then
we can move beyond that, and restore individual components. E.g OU /
User / Group Data.

Any takers for this one? Will be on IRC today if anyone fancies having a
bun fight for bouncing ideas.

Dale


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