Linux Newbie Backup Questions...

Hubbard, David dhubbard at
Thu Jun 6 15:26:00 CDT 2002

You'll want to go with Amanda or a commercial product,
and Amanda will not make your life easy.  It's not
the easiest software to set up especially when an
autoloader is involved.  You'll need the mtx utilities
to operate the loader and will need to learn some
scripting... it's a good product though.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Collins, Kevin [mailto:KCollins at] 
> Sent: Thursday, June 06, 2002 2:20 PM
> To: linux-PowerEdge at
> Subject: Linux Newbie Backup Questions...
> Hi All,
> This may not be the best place for this question, but I've 
> seen very good results from the group, so I've decided to 
> post my newbie question here.
> I'm about to begin a Windows NT to Linux swap over in my 
> network.  I've decided to start by setting up my "Backup 
> Server" first.  This machine is a PowerEdge 2400 with a 
> PowerVault 120T DDS-4 Autoloader attached to the internal 
> SCSI controller on the motherboard.
> What I plan on doing is this:
> Every night, I'll pull copies of "live" data from the 
> remaining servers on the network to the Backup Server's local 
> drive arrays and use it as "reserve" data available at a 
> moment's notice.  The next morning, I'll use dump/tar/Amanda 
> (haven't decided yet) to place backup copies of the "reserve" 
> data to the tapes in the autoloader.
> Since I'm new to Linux, I've got a lot of learning to do 
> before I can accomplish this.  So my question is:  Can the 
> experienced administrators in this group point me in the best 
> direction to accomplish this process?  At the same time, any 
> help to avoid pitfalls (read "stupid mistakes") would be nice 
> too.  :-)
> Thanks,
> Kevin L. Collins, MCSE
> Systems Manager
> Nesbitt Engineering, Inc.
> (859) 233-3111 ext 24
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