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    Re: How do you backup your systems?

    What I would love to do is set up a server at my parent's house and run a job that will
    1. Each system backs up onto a centralized server periodically (sync changes only on every shutdown?)
    2. Open a VPN tunnel to the server at my parents house
    3. Upload the backups (incremental or complete)
    4. disconnect
    5. wait until another day...


    Then, could also set up one in reverse (backing up their files onto a server in my house). That one would HAVE to be automated, as they will not run it on their own.
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    Re: How do you backup your systems?

    I store anything of any importance on my file server. My file server has two 500 gig drives. Every night I have an rsync script run to sync the second drive to the first drive. And then once a week I sync the second drive to an external drive.
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    Re: How do you backup your systems?

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterNetra View Post
    He said 6TB not 6GB, ^.^
    @doas777 But yea...what the heck do you have that takes up 6 Terabytes?
    yup video. lots and lots of video. unfortunately most video streams don't compress all that much, seeing as they have already been compressed. Most of it was on disk, but they are starting to go bad (darn 5 year lifespan on most optical media) so I'm laboriously copying it up to the server.

    I guess I'll just have to increase my capacity a few months at a time, until i can back it up fully.

    thank goodness storaged has finally fallen below 100$/TB.
    Last edited by doas777; July 14th, 2009 at 07:56 PM.

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    Re: How do you backup your systems?

    I use Bacula for backing up everything. But since I'm in an enterprise environment, might not suite to you. Only notice it.

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    Re: How do you backup your systems?

    I just want that script that auto updates with all packages you download/install so I just run that and boom! it's all back.
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    Re: How do you backup your systems?

    Quote Originally Posted by blackxored View Post
    I use Bacula for backing up everything. But since I'm in an enterprise environment, might not suite to you. Only notice it.
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    Re: How do you backup your systems?

    i really don't backup i have everything important on external media for better portability to other computers anyway
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    Re: How do you backup your systems?

    rsnapshot.org

    Executed via cron to back up to a linux file server.

    Automated - simple, reliable, brilliant.

    Been using it for years without problem,

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    Re: How do you backup your systems?

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnFH View Post
    How precious is your data to you? For example if it's a backup of your OS, application settings, etc. then I would suggest that it's not worth it (to me anyway), but if the data consists of personal photos then I would want to make sure I don't lose them no matter what happened. I can recreate application settings, re-install my OS, etc, but I can't retake photos. It's all very subjective though.
    It is 37 GB of largely irreplaceable stuff such as university work, photos, music, compositions etc. I don't backup my operating system or programs since I don't care if they get lost, I can just reinstall them.

    When put like that, I suppose a backup offsite isn't a bad idea.

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    Re: How do you backup your systems?

    I usually keep key files in my dropbox and then back up my entire home directory to a 1TB external harddrive periodically. I do not bother to back up the whole system as I would not really care if I had to reinstall as long as my data was safe - I test and distro hop a lot so I am used to reinstalling by now.
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