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Setting up a Backup Server
Home or office Backup Server Solution
By Red Squirrel


Scheduling
The script that resides on the backup drive should be executed at whatever time interval you please. For my setup, it runs every 2 days, using cron. A typical cron entry will look like this:

30 2 * * 0,2,4,6 root /mnt/backup_drive/job

This runs at 2:30AM every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Another cool thing you can do is ensure wake on lan is enabled on this server (check bios settings) and have an always on machine scheduled to wake it up about half an hour (in case a forced fsck occurs on startup) before the job should run. Then in your backup script you could have it turn off the server at the end. That way the server is only on for backups.


Conclusion
With this server properly setup, you now have full disk backups for all your workstations and servers. Just remember to actually rotate the drives regularly to ensure each job runs! It's also good practice to take a look at the backup drives to ensure the data is being copied properly, and of course, always check the log the next day. With cron, the log should end up in your email inbox.

There are many ways to setup a backup solution, and this is one of them. Just as long as you do regular backups, you are ready for pretty much any data disaster. Don't learn the hard way, backup before you get a disaster!




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Posted by Onykage on February 02rd 2006 (09:55)
I highly recomend gentoo as a flavor a linux to use with a server. Like debian gentoo has a fetch/make-install script in it called emerge. Just goto /etc/portage/ to have a look on the gentoo site. You can find out all you need to know by pulling the -h (help) option on the emerge command.
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