[Server-devel] easy backup solution for Linux?

Bryan Berry bryan at olenepal.org
Tue Mar 18 09:16:25 EDT 2008

thanks Greg,

I think rsync is the way to go to back up the data but we need a nice
tool to totally restore the boot image. To do that we are using Mondo
because it is super easy, however I doubt it supports restoring the boot
image to totally different hardware. We may later consider LiveBackup
for that reason

On Mon, 2008-03-17 at 11:07 -0400, Greg Smith (gregmsmi) wrote:
> Hi Bryan,
> Tony is the one who wrote the book on storage! :-) I think he is
> traveling lately so not sure if he is keeping up with the flow.
> He did write some scripts for you on this in the past:
> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/User:Az990tony/backup
> I think the idea was to backup from one server to another via rsynch.
> You probably need a boot image/CD too and you may want to archive
> backups at some interval to tertiary storage (tape or CD) just to cover
> a dual failure case.
> The on lesson I have learned is to try a restore every now and then.
> Make sure you have a restore procedure and test it on occasion. There's
> nothing worse than thinking you are backed up when you aren't...
> Thanks,
> Greg S
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bryan Berry [mailto:bryan at ole.org] On Behalf Of Bryan Berry
> Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2008 12:38 AM
> To: Ananta Manandhar; Tony Pearson; Greg Smith (gregmsmi)
> Cc: sulochan acharya
> Subject: easy backup solution for Linux?
> Ananta ji and Tony ji,
> Can you guys recommend an easy backup solution for the school server?
> Right now we intend to use LiveISO (can't find URL, am off-line). But
> since you guys are storage experts can you think of an easy backup and
> restore solution for the School Server off the top of your heads?
> I encourage you guys to join the new Nepal mailing list at
> nepal at lists.laptop.org 
> http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/Nepal
> You should know that there are two groups working on OLPC in Nepal:
> OLE Nepal (Sulo, Ram Singh, myself and others) and OLPC Nepal
> Rabi Karmacharya, Mahabir Pun, and myself helped found OLPC Nepal back
> in November 2006 together w/ 2 recent college graduates Shankar Pokharel
> and Ankur Sharma. Mid-2007, there was a dispute over who would lead the
> group, Shankar or Rabi. Most of the group sided w/ Rabi but the
> organization was legally registered to Shankar, so we had to create a
> new legal entity OLE Nepal. Long story short the two organizations
> co-exist but the relationship is not always friendly. It is unfortunate.
> We aren't really sure what OLPC Nepal (basically Shankar and Ankur) is
> up to, what their activities are. But we hope they contribute to the
> larger project. 
> The Nepal mailing list is for anyone interested in OLPC for Nepal and
> not tied to a specific organization. I want to see it as a forum for
> moving this project forward in Nepal. Hope this clears things up.
> Best Regards,
> --
> Bryan W. Berry
> Systems Engineer
> OLE Nepal, http://www.olenepal.org
Bryan W. Berry
Systems Engineer
OLE Nepal, http://www.olenepal.org

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