The libvirt range of tools works very well with KVM, and with
virt-manager, they are easy to setup on the desktop or from a remote
desktop.  QEMU-KVM suports the QCOW2 and LVM storage back-ends, both of
which have snapshot capabilities, and the virsh tool makes it easy and
scriptable.  They are all licensed under the GPL or LGPL.  http;//

If you're using a Red Hat-based distribution, installing them should be
as easy as "yum install libvirtd virt-manager qemu-kvm" or similar.

*question everything*learn something*answer nothing*
Lucas Yamanishi
Systems Administrator, ADNET Systems, Inc.
NASA Space and Earth Science Data Analysis (606.9)
7515 Mission Drive, Suite A100
Lanham, MD 20706 * 301-352-4646 * 0xE23F3D7A

On 08/13/2012 07:14 PM, wrote:
> 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?
> Thanks!
> -Aaron
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