On Mon, 2001-11-19 at 09:09, Joost van der Locht wrote:
> What is the best whay to backup a stand-alone server? Which tools do you use
> and what are the experiences with it?
by stand alone, do you mean it is not connected to a network? in that
case tape backup would be your only bet.
if you are on a network, you can use xfsdump and stick the dump file on
another machine. or you can use one of the many available commercial
tools like legato or veritas network backup (although these may not get
the extended attributes of XFS).
First off, we mirror all the drives in our servers with MD so if a drive
fails, we are not offline. We use Veritas to do network backups and
although it does not have the official stamp of approval of XFS use from
the company, it works for getting the data into our tape robot. Just to
be safe, we also xfsdump the drive to an nfs share (onto a machine with
a cheap ide drive) and because you can never have too many belts or
suspenders, we tar the contents of the critical stuff and stick that
onto a netapp (this will probably go away because it is sorta overkill).