SAMBA digest 1809
oliva at dcc.unicamp.br
Fri Sep 11 21:57:45 GMT 1998
Richard L Hoesly <Rich-Hoesly at uai.com> writes:
> Try looking at a backup package called AMANDA. It if free and
> has a great support structure much like SAMBA.
Thanks for the ad :-)
> Home page is at www.cs.umd.edu/projects/amanda/amanda.html.
Please refer to it as www.amanda.org, it's easier to remember :-)
> I use if for all my UNIX and PC's and it works great.
Unfortunately, not that well for M$Window. Due to SAMBA limitations
(or should I say M$Windows limitations :-), it is impossible to back
up system disks, for example: smbclient can't back up locked files
such as the system registry and PAGEFILE.SYS (but why would you want
to back up a swap area, anyway? :-)
But it's great for backing up data disks, except that it won't back up
access control lists: you need a special proprietary tool, distributed
with the MS Network Resource Kit, that dumps the ACL information to a
file, which can then be backed up with Amanda+SAMBA. There's another
tool that will dump registry information to a file, so that it can
also be backed up.
My general advice is: if you can, set up all your data and application
servers in Linux boxes with SAMBA, and forget about backing up
M$Windows clients. If anything goes wrong with them, it's much easier
to reinstall the system from scratch and update its configuration from
a working host with sysdiff.
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