General :: Ubuntu Server 10.4.1 Automated Full Backup?

Sep 27, 2010

This is my first post and I am a linux newbie.. took on the challenge of setting up an ubuntu server with proxy and firewall with vpn access as well.. sounds good? While messing with things, I installed ebox server, know called Zentyal and perform backups, however, when performing a full restore, following instructions and all it does not restore correctly. I ran many attempts with verious configurations and still allways got some errors, such as eboc-ebackup failing to start, etc. most noteably wa sthe ldap error, which i figured out how to fix by restarting once logged into and then rebooting.

I say the Clonezilla options for a full backup, and it sounds great, but does require me to perform a full abckup, while bring the server down to perform. What I wanted to know, was what do you recommend for performing a full backup (possibly to NTFS partition or USB key with FAT32) with automation or even if i had to perform the trigger, just without needing to bring the server down, so when i go into production i dont have any issues backing up anytime?

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Can some one give me a sample of a crontab for backing a directory please, System is Ubuntu 9.04Quote:

# this file is an automated backup script,
# this backs up my domain site.


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Mar 24, 2010

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May 25, 2010

I have a machine on my network and that machine is a mass storage server that I will eventually use as a media server (to stream movies, videoclips and music on my home theater system). I use slackware 13 on ALL of my machines.

I am trying to automate the backup of the "/home" folder of my laptop onto the mass storage server. I currently use rsnapshot and it works great, but I would like to automate the whole process, even if I am not home or in front of my machines...

Here's what I imagined (in pseudo code):

1) Poll if server is active (up);
1.1) If not:
1.1.1) Wake up the server (WOL);
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Aug 28, 2010

Rsnapshot is a software written in Perl to make backup of local and remote file system. The well proven rsync is behind this utility. rsnapshot does not need root user intervention to restore the data of a normal user. It does not take much space in your Backup server. It can be easily automated (scheduled) to make life easier. Just setup once and forget it configuration. Basically it takes snapshot of file system (or a part of) in regular interval such as hourly, daily, weekly and monthly.

This can be configured easily through a simple text based configuration file. The above task can be setup in a few easy steps in a few minutes. Two major tasks are configuring rsnapshot and openssh automatic login. To make the backup automatically, we need to automate the remote login in a secured way. This can be done through openssh tools. This scenario depicts backup of desktop (assuming that IP address is data to a backup server. My desktop runs on Ubuntu 10.04 and backup server runs on Debian Squeeze. [URL]

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Oct 11, 2010

I wonder if I can backup files from an ext partition to a ntfs partition and keeping all kind of metadata and file infos?!

With other words:

Can I backup a full linux system from a ext file system to a external ntfs partitioned disk using rsync -a (keeping all file permissions)?

Is something getting lost of a file (like permissions or anything... flags...) when copied / rsynced from ext to ntfs?

The thing is, that when I restore the stuff back from ntfs to ext, can I still use my system properly?

And can I backup files like photos from ext to ntfs without loosing any meta data?

Or asked more in general: What is the difference of a file on a ext partition compared to the same file on a ntfs partition?

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Oct 1, 2010

I just moved to Ubuntu. I have been configuring and installing applications so I can finally call this OS my new home. Still not there yet but have been doing alot of work on it. I was originally with Windows XP. I am a back up freak. I backed up my documents, firefox bookmarks and other important information every 5 mins to another drive when I was using Windows XP. Also, every 24 hours I would have this program Acronis True Image back up the whole Windows partitiong (Drive C). This was so if my hard disk died, I know I could restore the partition from an image and only lose the last 24 hours of configurations/modifications made to the OS.

And for personal data such as bookmarks, messenger chat logs, documents, pictures etc, I would only lose the last 5 minutes of this data, since it was always backed up every 5mins. It was very fast too.

So my question is: 1. Whats the best application to save a whole image of the Ubuntu partition so that it can be restored with minimal (hopefully only 24 hours) of data loss?

2. Whats the best application to save selected directories and have it configured such that those directories are backed up periodically?

3. Whats the best application to do Number 2 (above question) with versioning? That is, if it is backing up periodically, it will save file changes, so we can revert back to an older version of a file.

I have tried SimpleBackUp suggested by the Ubuntu site and did not like it at all. It just said it would run in the background and you couldnt even cancel it or monitor it!

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Jun 3, 2011

I am a backup noob. My idea of backing something up is finding a big enough flash drive and copying the necessary files over.

So I really need to learn now. I'm wiping a Vista laptop for a friend to install Windows 7. But first, I want to do a whole-drive backup in case something goes wrong. It's a 100GB drive with 50GB of data.

Is it possible that I could do this via my home network or via a direct ethernet connection? I have a desktop with a 1TB drive I could back up to. Like I say, I'm a noob so I'm open to anything.

One more thing: I'd like this backup to be in a form that I can retrieve individual files from it if necessary. If everything goes right, I'll probably want to pull My Documents out of the backup and drop it into Windows 7.

Oh, and why am I asking on UbuntuForums instead of a Windows forum? Because I'm betting I'll end up booting a live CD on the laptop to do the backup. But I'm just guessing. At any rate, I'm sure I'll use Ubuntu tools, because that's what I know.

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May 5, 2010

I want to be able to recover from a disaster by simply inserting a CD of my entire system, boot from it, and reinstall my system back to the way it was before the disaster. After much research here, I feel the need to ask this question directlybut as a new user, I find it somewhat difficult locating information.

I have seen references to all sorts of backup software. I am trying to use Simple ackup.Each time I run this utility, it gives me a process ID and then apparently vanishes. I don't see the process running in System Monitoror see anything recognizable in var/backups.Perhaps, being as new to Linux as I am, I am simply overlooking something. I must say though, that these are the friendliest user groups I have ever seen. It amazes me that so many people are so willing to post long, complicated solutions to someones problem

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'watching' df -k, I could see '/' fill up extremely quickly. I now have about 10GB~ free space on the 74GB raptor - down from 60GB. I've gone through trying to find the offending files, however I can't seem to find them anywhere. Any variety of 'du' that I know of isn't turning up anything.

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What I want to know is if I upgrade to beta 1 it will install new things and settings, if beta 2 is released and I upgrade to that (after having beta 1 installed) will it overwrite all the settings again? Or will I be able to spend time set beta 1 up nice how I want it (if it works) and just smoothly upgrade gradually to final 11.04 keeping it pretty much exactly how I want it?

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OpenSSH_4.1p1, OpenSSL 0.9.7d 17 Mar 2004
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