good snapshot solution

bart.coninckx at bart.coninckx at
Fri Jun 20 01:44:48 EST 2003

Hi all,

I have installed rsync 2.5.5 as daemons on our 35 Netware servers (no 2.5.6
is yet available for Netware) and do a daily sync from a Linux Rsync client
machine with 1.2 TB disk capacity. For the moment we do a daily, weekly and
monthly backup on tape of this machine, but I'd like to replace the daily
backups by a disc-based setup. It would be good to be able to share the
snapshot-folders with Samba, so our helpdesk can easily do restores. They
are not trained in Linux.

After doing some research I found three candidates:

- Dirvish
- Rlbackup
- Rsync_snapshots by Mike Rubel

The first two seem to be pretty elaborate, but are based on Rsync 2.5.6 and
I'm wondering if that's going to give problems with the Rsync 2.5.5 on
Netware. Can one safely mix versions? I use only these options:
-rtv --delete --modify-windows=2

Also, I was wondering if can still share the snapshotted versions of the
files with Samba in an intuitive way. Dirvish for instances seems to use a
certain subdirectory system making that somewhat more complex.

The last one is very straight forward and looks sufficient, but Mike points
out that he sees this only working for smaller servers, so I worry a bit
about our 900 GB in data. Would this systeem know how to handle this amount
of data?

Anyone any advice on this?

Thx already!

Kind regards,

Bart Coninckx

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