System backup

System backup

by Kim Boone -
Number of replies: 1
Just curious to find out what everyone is doing for backups. I was doing what I thought was a workable backup scheme but things didn't go so well when I needed to do a restore. So if you have a method that works I'd like to hear it.

Kim Boone
Linn Benton Community College
In reply to Kim Boone

Re: System backup

by Lars Jensen -
Hi Kim,

My back-up script is attached.

Here's what it does:

mounts a partition on a different drive.

* back-up of webwork data, and courses (files from the webwork distribution are not backed up)

* back-up of the /etc directory

copies files to the mounted partition and names them by the day of the week. Then unmounts the partition. They will be overwritten the next week. On the first of the month a file named by the month is created. This file is overwritten after a year. This means that I always have back-ups from the last week, and from the last year.

Back-ups files are also copied nightly to another server in another building.

In addition to these back-ups, I do a complete backup every 3 years or so after I have installed a new version of the operating system. For this, I use fwbackup