[lug] opinions on backup tools

Nate Duehr nate at natetech.com
Wed Dec 27 19:54:46 MST 2000

For open tools, look at amanda.  www.amanda.org  From the folks I've
talked to who are using it, it does a very nice job over the network and
only takes a bit of fiddling to get it running the way you would want it
to.  There are RPM's and DEB's floating around. 

Here at the office, they went with HP's OmniBack but there are only
clients for Linux, no server software.  (Yep, the NT guys are backing my
machines up.  Ghastly, I believe was the word someone used in another 
thread here recently on another topic.  Seems to fit.  hahaha...)

Actually as much as I give them a hard time, the OmniBack stuff seems to
be working quite well.  They have their GUI and can put things back on
my servers from tape (DLT) very nicely.

I played with Arkeia for a month here at the office.  Requires X on the
controlling "client" machine (didn't really want that), is very flashy,
forces you to come up with a tape labeling scheme and a tape rotation
(which a lot of new admins forget to do anyway...) and basically seemed
"ok" to me.  It also at the time has low encryption (but at least some)
on its network client/server software and seemed like it was well
documented, even for folks who had never done much on Linux systems
before.  Couldn't get their beta NT client working properly at the time,
they may have fixed it long ago by now.

Hope that helps.

On Wed, Dec 27, 2000 at 12:28:20PM -0700, Erick Bodine wrote:
> I am currently in the process of implementing a tape backup scheme for some parts of our R&D network.  I have the hardware (Seagate Scorpion SCSI tape drive) already in place on a Linux server.  I will be backing up that server as well as 1-2 development
> servers that are on the network.  Does anyone out there have any opinions ;-) on BRU vs. Arkeia vs. taper (I realize taper is at the low end of the spectrum). Or any other tape backup tools for Linux?  My big concerns are the ability to back up over the
> network and ease of restoration.  Price is not really an object (though free is nice).  Another consideration is a tool that could handle scaling up to an automated tape library in the future.
> Any opinions, suggestions, experiences are appreciated.
> --Erick Bodine
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