[Box Backup] archiving the backup-store

Per Thomsen boxbackup@fluffy.co.uk
Tue, 13 Sep 2005 15:24:48 -0700

On 9/13/05 1:55 PM, Ben Summers wrote:

> On 13 Sep 2005, at 21:45, Marshall Buschman wrote:
>> Ben:
>>  I'm deploying box backup for a corporate client with about 20  
>> workstations.
>>  I'm creating a system whereby the store can be backed up to DVD-RW(s)
>> on some kind of regular interval.
>>  I know it's not strictly necessary, but this is for the client's
>> peace of mind. We're moving them off of a tape-backup system and the
>> client needs to be able to take the store home with them at night.
>>  So, what would be the best way to approach this? I'm looking for a
>> way to pause the store so that I don't stop it in mid-backup of some
>> file. I need a clean snapshot of the store.
> I would just archive the store, and not worry about making sure it  
> happened when the server was quiet. Data is written in an atomic  
> manner, and even if you do get something a bit out of date it's  
> nothing that bbstoreaccounts can't fix.
> Try it, and see what happens.

Or, if you really wanted to make sure nothing was happening, you could 
run backups in snapshot mode, several times throughout the day, but not 
during the time when the DVD was being written.

That way, you can safely shut down bbstored, copy to DVD, and start 
bbstored again, without any fear of half-backed up files.

I agree with Ben, though. You shouldn't see anything bad happen, even if 
you simply run it, and let the chips fall where they may.


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