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#1 mark84

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 12:39 PM

So I've been running backups at my work primarily with rsync and compressed archives to get the job done.
The system has worked ok (you should see the massive bash script I've made to handle it all!).

I've since found out there's such a thing as Bacula and others, where you can make backups and it only stores the new/different data (saving space) and you can easily pick a backup time and restore a file from that point in time.

So I'm looking into what sort of options are out there and which if any is more the 'standard' or 'best'.

The ones I've come across so far:
- Bacula
- Back In Time
- rsnapshot
- Simple Backup
- BackupPC

Being an intermediate linux user I still prefer a GUI for these things. But I'm not averse to CLI only if it's the better overall solution.
Most backups occur over network share and SSH with some FTP connections thrown in there.

If a solution stores the data in a compressed format too that would be nice as well but not deal breaking.
Also if there's a solution with a user client side program that helped with client side backups that'd be great too. Maybe I'm asking too much.

BackupPC seems the best looking & fitting of the lot so far (project hasn't been updated for 11 months, but in the open source world that might be normal), though I haven't dug too much into them all yet.

Does anyone have any suggestions/recommendations?

Edited by mark84, 22 March 2012 - 12:42 PM.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 01:40 PM

So I've been running backups at my work primarily with rsync and compressed archives to get the job done.
The system has worked ok (you should see the massive bash script I've made to handle it all!).

I've since found out there's such a thing as Bacula and others, where you can make backups and it only stores the new/different data (saving space) and you can easily pick a backup time and restore a file from that point in time.

So I'm looking into what sort of options are out there and which if any is more the 'standard' or 'best'.

The ones I've come across so far:
- Bacula
- Back In Time
- rsnapshot
- Simple Backup
- BackupPC

Being an intermediate linux user I still prefer a GUI for these things. But I'm not averse to CLI only if it's the better overall solution.
Most backups occur over network share and SSH with some FTP connections thrown in there.

If a solution stores the data in a compressed format too that would be nice as well but not deal breaking.
Also if there's a solution with a user client side program that helped with client side backups that'd be great too. Maybe I'm asking too much.

BackupPC seems the best looking & fitting of the lot so far (project hasn't been updated for 11 months, but in the open source world that might be normal), though I haven't dug too much into them all yet.

Does anyone have any suggestions/recommendations?


If you are an intermediate user i would be hesitant to recommend backula as it can get a bit complicated.

If you want to have a play with the console a bit more you can try doing an incremental tar.gz and pipe it over ssh to your backup machine.

Have a look here: http://catlingmindsw...kups-using.html

Given how lazy i am, i woulld just mount up the backup server via NFS shares and run it that way.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 02:08 PM

If you are an intermediate user i would be hesitant to recommend backula as it can get a bit complicated.

Yeah thought that might be the case, hence why I started looking at the others :P

If you want to have a play with the console a bit more you can try doing an incremental tar.gz and pipe it over ssh to your backup machine.

Mmm, nice link *bookmarks it*. Though I'm hoping to stay away from manually doing command line things to get the job done. By that I mean labor intensive, looks like something I could do but setting that up would take me a while to nut out and implement for each backup job.
I'm hoping to find something that automates most of it and is easier to create backup jobs in and easy to restore from etc.
If things go south I don't want to be racking my brain trying to think of commands to call to retrieve a file hehe.

Edited by mark84, 22 March 2012 - 02:11 PM.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 09:07 AM

Zmanda is also similar to bacula and might be worth a look.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:41 AM

Thanks maxx, I'll check it out.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:22 PM

Thanks maxx, I'll check it out.


Got a new one im playing with at work: Duplicity

Incremental, compressed and encypted backups.

https://help.ubuntu....cityBackupHowto

Seems to be working pretty well so far.
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Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:08 PM

Duplicity runs on Ubuntu desktop, the lack of any visible option to configure it with the rest of the system settings pissed me off so I got rid of it.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:47 PM

Duplicity seems a bit simple for what I'm after. I pretty much have that with my current hand coded backup script.

Amanda seems to be the better looking of the lot so far, closely followed by BackupPC. Oddly enough BackupPC seems to be affiliated with Zamanda??
I would like the de-dup capability, but the project seems a bit dead. Not much forum activity for it and no updates in a couple years. So might have to skip it on those grounds.

You've used Amanda maxx? Got any further thoughts on it?

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