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# 14095 14-Jun-2007 13:59

Just wondering, what are other people using to manage their backups?

I use tar inside shell scripts, UNIX style to write to tape (ie, tar cvf /dev/mt0 /volumes/snapshot)

How do you automate your backups?




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  # 74677 14-Jun-2007 15:17
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I have a batch file that is scheduled to run every night that copies files/folders to be backed up to my second hard drive

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  # 74678 14-Jun-2007 15:21
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I'm using microsoft's synctoy to check every few hours (via task scheduler) for changed files.
It then duplicates the changes on a backup PC.  Plus some batch scripts run as well.
The backup PC also uses synctoy and copies to a RAID array on another PC once a day.
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  # 74679 14-Jun-2007 15:25
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bradstewart: I have a batch file that is scheduled to run every night that copies files/folders to be backed up to my second hard drive


Don't you use Windows Backup with schedule?

I use Windows Backup with system state backup on schedule rotating 3 backup files for my SBS server.




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  # 74681 14-Jun-2007 15:32

this is the Linux forum... was hoping for some relevant posts, interesting to see how you windows techie's do it though :-)

edit; the windows machines i (unfortunately) have to work with run a cygwin backup script (think batch files on steroids), to mount a network share and tar to that.




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My Linux laptop doesn't have any data on it yet, not till I can get a driver for the WLAN card that does WPA...




 



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  # 74686 14-Jun-2007 16:11

what WLAN chipset?




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bradstewart: I have a batch file that is scheduled to run every night that copies files/folders to be backed up to my second hard drive

Don't you use Windows Backup with schedule?

Call me old fashioned but I've done it this way for years and i have my bat file written just perfectly. I may look at the backup feature of Windows Vista sometime.

 
 
 
 


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bradstewart: Call me old fashioned but I've done it this way for years and i have my bat file written just perfectly. I may look at the backup feature of Windows Vista sometime.


Backing up using Windows Backup with System State will safe you the hassle of reinstall then copy file overs. With Vista's it is even easier, as it uses Windows Imaging.




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Linux Forums?

Oops, so it is.. *coughs and quietly side-steps out of the room*

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  # 74697 14-Jun-2007 17:46
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I'm not a Linux user but run Windows XP, however I am wondering how many people replying on this thread have software that can backup an open file? 




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  # 74699 14-Jun-2007 17:50

LVM snapshots can backup an entire filesystem full of open files
can you do that in windows?




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barf: LVM snapshots can backup an entire filesystem full of open files
can you do that in windows?


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No, but we have access to thousands of viruses, trojans and spyware ;)

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barf: what WLAN chipset?


RTL8185 (Cheap Dick Smith Cardbus). From what I've read noone has got it working with WPA using any method. Furthermore, the Ubuntu driver is currently blacklisted. (I may consider doing what the 22/5 post in that topic is doing - turn off encryption and rely on MAC filtering. Then I'll be able to consider back ups... (to keep this remotely on topic) :-) )




 

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barf: LVM snapshots can backup an entire filesystem full of open files
can you do that in windows?


Yes.

On Windows XP when you start a backup with some tools (Windows Backup) it will create a snapshot and backup that. Some other tools (Acronis, Ghost) will create an image of the entire disc.

On Windows Vista you do the same, and it has a new feature (on Premium and Ultimate) that actually creates an image of the disc in VHD format - you can even mount it as a Virtual Machine later if you want.

You can also have Shadow Copies on Windows Vista, that will automatically create before images of files you change, so you can just right-click it and restore if you need it.







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We use Bacula (http://www.bacula.org) for our bigger installations. The reporting, tape-changer support, and ease of administration make it a winner!




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