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    Backup entire Debian server over network


    Hello,

    The situation is this:

    An training environment where all servers are virtual and I have no physical access to the servers.
    Is it possible to backup the Debian email server over the network to another server in case the original server is compromised beyond repair.

    I would need to be able to recover from the saved backup as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by conflict View Post
    Hello,

    The situation is this:

    An training environment where all servers are virtual and I have no physical access to the servers.
    Is it possible to backup the Debian email server over the network to another server in case the original server is compromised beyond repair.

    I would need to be able to recover from the saved backup as well.
    You can copy a machine live using "rsync" command.

    Example
    Code:
    rsync -avz / user@remotemachine.com:/backupfolder/
    Also using this to restore the machine will work as well.

    I use as well rdiff-backup which is a program to allow you to keep copies of differences.
    I copy the entire server then I make additional backups of that server every night to a rdiff-backup folder

    Code:
    rdiff-backup /Production /BACKUPDRIVE/productionwithrdiff/
    rdiff-backup is not required but in case you want to revert mistakes it will keep copies of them.

    http : / / rdiff-backup.nongnu.org/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by conflict View Post
    Hello,

    The situation is this:

    An training environment where all servers are virtual and I have no physical access to the servers.
    Is it possible to backup the Debian email server over the network to another server in case the original server is compromised beyond repair.

    I would need to be able to recover from the saved backup as well.
    There are some excellent tutorials here:
    Debian / Ubuntu Linux Install and Configure Remote Filesystem Snapshot with rsnapshot Incremental Backup Utility

    and here:
    Remote backups using rsync | Debian Tutorials

    Hope this helps

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    Thanks for the replies, I'll get to work playing with the various suggestions.

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