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    Anyone using rsnapshot to backup their nix servers?

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    Thanks for that. Im currently sorting our backups out. Got one of the £130 dell servers, put a big HD in, and am currently looking at what software is availible.

    My original plan was NTbackup onto a Samba share but thats just pants.

    We do have an RBC provided "rsnapshot" type one but it doesnt work. Great in theory though so would be interested in this thread. Ill post back if i find anything. Ideally it will be an (atleast almost) "all in one" package like openfiler/freenas - maybe i will try adding rsnapshot to one of them tomorrow, illl let you know.

    Do you know if rsnapshot can preserve windows ACLs? Or does anyone know of similar software which can?
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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Anyone using rsnapshot to backup their nix servers?
    No, although I can't quite remember why not, exactly - I have my own script that does exactly the same thing as what the documentation for rsnapshot describes.

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    Just wondered, I've enabled rsync on my openfiler backup share and want to backup my nix webservers to it.

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    I haven't used rsnapshot, but have been using similar systems for a while.

    Previously ribs (rustyparts.com | RIBS (Rsync Incremental Backup Script) was used to get incremental backups of a full file system - worked well and was excellent for support staff, very easy to navigate a full file system to grab a deleted file, however it was _very_ slow, due to running on PHP.

    At the moment I'm using rdiff-backup (rdiff-backup: Main) which is alot more space efficient than ribs, using 1.8TB to keep around 3 weeks worth of history of 1.5TB of files, whereas ribs used ~2.5x the space (probably due to the vast numbers of symlinks). While it's faster and more space efficient the commandline syntax is somewhat more clunky so requires more instruction for support staff to use.

    rsnapshot looks to be well supported so I'll probably try it in preference to ribs when we get the new backup storage delivered.

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    Well I'm looking for a good way to backup my lamp boxes to openfiler and thought rsnapshot would be a good way but I'm not sure about the rsync over ssh to openfiler at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky View Post
    Do you know if rsnapshot can preserve windows ACLs? Or does anyone know of similar software which can?
    I presume your using samba + extended acl support on your file system for this? If so:

    Code:
    getfacl -R /somewhere/share | gzip -9 > backup-acls.gz

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