for business use?  ie do you want support?

Licencing might be fun....

I use the free vsphere v4 VMware ESXi at home which allows a modest 1 pc 
setup....not sure if that can be used in business get no 
support at least, but its the best Virtualisation platform Ive come across.  So 
I boot off a 4gb USB key with a hardware raid 1 from 2 x 1tb disk setup and a 1 
x 2 tb green disk off the motherboard for backups.

You can do db2ldif outputs, then rsync or scp those off to a small 128meg ram 
debian guest which is how I plan to do it.

In terms of checkpointing or snapshoting they this tech is best described as 
spawn of the devil and avoided...multiple snapshots of considerable age impacts 
disk i/o....


Steven Jones

Technical Specialist - Linux RHCE

Victoria University, Wellington, NZ

0064 4 463 6272

From: [] on 
behalf of []
Sent: Tuesday, 14 August 2012 11:14 a.m.
Subject: [Freeipa-users] backup plan

Hi all,

I've been doing a bit of research on back up and restore of FreeIPA and so far 
the best plan seems to be "just back up everything"

That's fine except for "back up everything" doesn't lend itself to automation 
on a bare metal instance (which is what my primary and replica are). To be safe 
I would need to take the machine down rather than try to do a hot back up. 
(sync everything and backup from an inactive fs of better yet unmounted fs)

That got me thinking, how about a vm? They are easy to stop, checkpoint, back 
up and restart.

I want to run this by everyone and see what you think:

Install a replica on a vm and then use THAT to capture "back ups".

If it looks like a reasonable idea, does anyone have a suggestion for which 
hypervisor would be best to use? (preferably FOSS)  I only have experience with 
VirtualBox but I'm not sure it's up to this type of project?



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