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What is your backup plan?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by Razasharp, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. Razasharp

    Razasharp Well-Known Member

    How do you guys deal with your backups? (Both DB/Media files)

    My old script used to be a sticky over at vB (anyone still using it? I probably wouldn't recommend it now).
  2. Robby

    Robby Well-Known Member

    Off site back-up plan with nimbus hosting.
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  3. Razasharp

    Razasharp Well-Known Member

    Is that automatically done by your hosting company Robby? Is it another server in the same datacenter?

    My current set up is two drives in raid mirror, and remote back-ups to a second server (just DBs) and another to Amazon AWS (DBs daily and triple sync on the files)
  4. Robby

    Robby Well-Known Member

    Yep, thats right. My sites are backuped in anothet datacenter so you have easy of mind.
  5. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    My forum details:

    1.3 million posts
    350K attachments
    Dedicated Server on CentOS with Webmin

    My backup details:
    1. I have two hard drives in the server.
    2. The second hard drive is strictly for backup of the database and attachments.
    3. I have about a dozen cron jobs created with Webmin to backup and rsync the database and attachments to the backup drive. Many of the cron jobs deal with making a new backup for each day of the week.
    In addition I also will rsync my database and attachments from my server to my home iMac external drive. This is done every month or so for addition peace of mind.
  6. Razasharp

    Razasharp Well-Known Member

    Hi Robby, I don't mean to scare you, but I've heard many stories of datacenter backups failing - I would strongly advise an independent backup to a third party.

    Sounds like you a good plan Andy!

    Have you thought about setting up the drives in Raid so that you automatically get a copy of your data? (Making it easy to rectify if one fails). That's my current set up, but I also backup to a remote server as mentioned above.

    I like using something like AWS (offsite) in addition to normal backups (on the same server), because once set up you don't really have to worry about anything. I think you can get a free year too.
  7. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    I prefer the simple solution of having a dedicated backup drive.
  8. Razasharp

    Razasharp Well-Known Member

    The main reason I go with a raid mirror is to minimise downtime in case of a hard-drive failure, and with 'some' benefit of it being a back (but my proper backups are separate). Hopefully making it easier than reinstalling OS, and setting everything up again :)
  9. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    Hard drives are very reliable. So I'm not terribly concerned about having to replace the main drive. I plan on upgrading my dedicated server every 5 years or so anyway.
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  10. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    Yeah? Try telling that to the two drives that failed in the ImageGrid PACS server at the local Dr. office I help out at. ;)
    Even worse, even with an Acronis image of the server (that was done before the drive failure) we can't move it to new hardware since it is configured as an "appliance" and bonded to the hardware. :cautious:
    Luckily it was just replace the drives, recreate the drive array since we replaced the controller card also just to be on safe side (was RAID 5 and had 4 drives) and then burn the Acronis image back to it... but it still took several hours.
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  11. Razasharp

    Razasharp Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a nightmare!

    Although hard drives are usually pretty reliable, they do fail - and the chances of failure increase in a server where they are constantly on the go. This is why I prefer the fail-safe of raid, in the event of one failing another can be added and the array rebuilt. Chances of two failing at the same time should be slim - unless you are as unlucky as your local Dr's office :p
  12. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    I don't think we've had a RAID failure on any of the servers with SAS drives in over 10 years. I know that we did have 1 (out of 9) Seagate drive fail on a Gateway server - but it wasn't that big of a deal since it was call Gateway and they had the new drive to us the next day.
    SATA on the other hand I don't trust any further than I can throw them. Both the drives that failed were WD 250GB Enterprise class (Dell labeled).
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  13. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    I just backup in cpanel. Could've sworn I posted this before.
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  14. RoldanLT

    RoldanLT Well-Known Member

    Just this command:
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  15. SchmitzIT

    SchmitzIT Well-Known Member

    Would you be willing to share the script you use? I'm not overly familiar with Linux, but have been looking for something like this for a while. Anything to get me started would be nice :) Also, how do you synch it to your home drive? Is that something you do manually, or is it all automated?

    One of my favorite ways to keep a backup of a server (OS) is to use a RAID 1 set with 3 HDS. Install the OS and all programs on it, then pull ont of the HDs out and stick the spare one in. The one you pulled out is your backup; the other two will now be the active mirrored set. In case you need to rebuild, simply remove the existing drives and stuff in the backup drive. Insta-OS-restore.
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  16. Mouth

    Mouth Well-Known Member

    I use backup-manager and automysqlbackup to provide a local daily archives, then upload the archives to S3.
    For additional safety and security, I have have a backupsy server utilising rsnapshot
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  17. woei

    woei Well-Known Member

    I make daily backups with cPanel and transfer them automatically to my NAS at home so they are offsite. Before I used a separate drive to write te backups to and once a month I would download them manually. Now I have automated it to daily :)
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  18. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    I don't use a script at all, it's all done with cron jobs. Webmin makes writing and organizing cron jobs super easy.
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  19. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    It's done manually. The beautiful thing about the Mac OS X is that it comes with rsync and makes backing up from server to external local drive extremely easy and fast.
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  20. Null

    Null Well-Known Member

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