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Re: [SLE] Setting up redundant file servers
  • From: Jerry Westrick <jerry@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 23:24:28 +0100
  • Message-id: <200511302324.28749.jerry@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Wednesday 30 November 2005 18:56, Paul W. Abrahams wrote:
> I've set up a Linux file server for the municipal offices of my town (as a
> volunteer consultant and Linux evangelist). It's working fine -- Samba
> makes it look like a Win machine to the rest of the world. But now I'm
> interested in setting up a second machine as a redundant backup to the
> first one. The intent is that if one goes down, the other one will take
> over with little or no lost data and the shift will be imperceptible to the
> network users.
>
> What software should I be looking at to accomplish this?
>
> Paul
This answer is off topic but have you setup storebackup for them yet?
That is what impressed my windows users most. (And what I find most
beneficial addition that the switch to Linux server brought to them).

Basically, what I setup is:
1) a cheap BIG ide disk on server mounted on dir /backup.
2) configure storebackup to backup all windows shares, keeping:
- 7 daily backups
- 4 end of week backups
- 3 end of month backups.
3) share the backup directory via samba.

This allows the users to get old versions of their files, directly from the
backup share, thereby recovering from the "Uppps deleted wrong file", and
"Shit! Word lost the last 10 pages of the document" errors.

T'is simple and a very visible benefit to your users!

Jerry

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