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22nd May 2009, 09:51 AM #1
Backing up Moodle
This is probably been discussed many times, but I can't seem to find a 'full' solution from start to finish. We are starting to use our Moodle after half-term and I need to start backing it up. I will be backing up to a NAS box (FreeNAS with SMB setup).
I don't know what to backup or how to backup. Can anybody give me a solution? (scripts for cron jobs etc would be grand )
22nd May 2009, 09:56 AM #2
You can back up courses and config from within moodle, moodle.org will have details. Best if you backup the db and other files as well though, I stop the db from running then use ntbackup to copy the info. This has the added advantage that you then have a backup of the backup so if you need to go back a way you can.
22nd May 2009, 10:16 AM #3
Ok, forgot to say my Moodle install is sitting on a Ubuntu server. I want an automated solution - something I don't have to think about (or remember to do).
22nd May 2009, 10:18 AM #4
I do a mysqlhotcopy (can be done on-line) of the database
MySQL :: MySQL 5.1 Reference Manual :: 4.6.9 mysqlhotcopy ? A Database Backup Program
then use rdiff-backup to backup the filesystem
to an Openfiler box.
Openfiler — Openfiler - Open Source Storage Management Appliance
Some perversion of the rsyncd config on Openfiler is required to make this work.
28th May 2009, 05:16 PM #5
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Moodle itself can backup the courses for you (and users,blogs etc...). You can set the various backup options under:
Site Administration > Courses > Backups (/admin/settings.php?section=backups)
The moodle cron script (/moodle/admin/cron.php) must be run regularly for this to work. You'll end up with a bunch of zip files in the backup folder, one for each course. eg: backup-hrm-20090527-2201.zip
You can either have the backup folder mounted over the network or use another script to rsync the files to the nas.
More info here: Backup and restore FAQ - MoodleDocs
The alternative is to use a combination or mysqldump and rsync in a script. Examples: Site backup - MoodleDocs
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