[Samba] Best File Server Backup Practice

Aaron C. de Bruyn aaron at heyaaron.com
Sat Mar 13 18:23:47 UTC 2021

All my fileshares are backed by ZFS.
There are tons of open source utilities to automatically snapshot and
replicate ZFS datasets to other boxes.  You can even expose those snapshots
to Windows using the shadowcopy VFS module so users can recover things

While I haven't done it, I'm sure you can store the Samba databases on a
ZFS dataset as well to ensure you have backups.

If not, it looks like samba-tool can easily 'snapshot' and dump data
wherever you want:


On Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 7:59 AM Marco Shmerykowsky via samba <
samba at lists.samba.org> wrote:

> Maybe a stupid and tangential question, but ...
> Are there best practices for how to setup backup routines
> on a Samba file server when all the users are managed
> by AD?
> Files are owned by users and typically the group
> "Domain Users".  I often read that backup routines
> should be set up using a non-root user set up for
> backups only, but that is always for a linux environment.
> Does the same apply when everything is in AD even though
> the backup program is actually running on the Linux machine?
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