Debian rsnapshot automatic backups – Checks 3

Checking our rsnapshot backups, we’ve covered the standard rsnapshot tools like alerting and the logs, a couple of commands to check source and target sums and the last thing to do is actual restore test. Now for file restores there is not much I can say, just because it is so simple. Files are being…

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Debian rsnapshot automatic backups – Checks 2

As said in the previous post, we’ve got exit 0, email alerts and rsnapshot logs to be _pretty_ sure our backup succeeded. Still there are extra checks to do. For the paranoid there are globally two extra ways to check your rsnapshot backups: sum checks and actual restores. Although the latter is actually a good…

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Debian rsnapshot automatic backups – Checks 1

First and maybe most important note is that rsnapshot is specifically designed to make these kind of backups and is being used worldwide at different providers and at different operating systems. An exit 0 means your backup succeeded. That being said, it wouldn’t be the first time that you’re getting an email for months saying…

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Debian rsnapshot automatic backups – Alerting

Alerting is not enabled by default in the rsnapshot mechanism. Still there are two easy ways to get an email alert going. Although an email alert is easy to setup, there are two things I do not like about it. First you can not configure to only send an email when a backup has failed,…

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Debian rsnapshot automatic backups – Configuration

Now the rsnapshot configuration file is easy readable, but a bit clumsy. When you know this, you won’t have any problems though. The case is, that you must use tabs in the file separating the constants from the variables, but use spaces separating the different variables from each other. For example: rsync_long_args TAB –delete SPACE –numeric-ids SPACE –stats….

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Debian rsnapshot automatic backups – Installation

After our introduction, today we’re installing the rsnapshot software and do a little preparation on the filesystem. Rsnapshot heavily depends on rsync which should be already installed on your Debian servers, but you’ll see it coming back in the first command anyway. rsync is one of these tools that is about as old as Linux…

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Zimbra Open Source Backup

This everlasting tinkering with Zimbra… It annoys me. Today I discovered a few things that apparently are too hard to set to default when you install it, ldap tuning for instance, but what scared the hell out of me: I did not configure a backup yet? What the hell? OK, when I installed Zimbra I…

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Setting up rsnapshot on CentOS 7.4

Being a former Mac geek, I like Apples Time Machine as a backup mechanism. It performs a full backup of your data and with hard links it creates a kind of snapshot of your files. You enter Time Machine and at every moment in time it seems you have all your files at you disposal….

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