[lug] Bacula

Dan Ferris dan at usrsbin.com
Wed Sep 14 16:25:58 MDT 2005


I hate AMANDA for the following reasons:

1.  can't span tapes without major hassel
2.  insecure, sorry, IP address authentication went out about 1996.
3.  doesn't back up to disk easily (yes it can be done, but it's not easy)
4.  Doesn't restore easily with just a rescue disk (you have to go 
through grief with dd).
5.  Doesn't use a database.
6.  It just reeks of kludgy.

It works, but it could be WAY better in my opinion.

I have about 2TB of data.  So I need something that can span tapes 
effortlessly.  I'm not going to spend hours going through my filesystem 
with du to find stuff that's under 200GB to fit on an LTO tape.

So I'll try Bacula.  It looks cool.  If it does what I want I'll be sold.


David L. Anselmi wrote:

> Dan Ferris wrote:
>> Does anyone have any experience with Bacula?
> I've been using it for a few months to back up a home machine.
> Install was really simple (with aptitude).  I didn't use MySQL but I'd 
> guess that wouldn't be much harder on Debian.
> Learning enough to make the configs the way I wanted took most of a 
> day.  I knew what I was after but Bacula had an odd way of looking at 
> it (compared to the Veritas I used to use).  There was also a bias to 
> tape backups and I was using a disk.
> Otherwise, no complaints.  I was able to get it to do what made sense 
> to me.  And I like the way I can set up one job and then make it full, 
> incremental, or differential at run time (my jobs run by hand since 
> the box isn't up all the time).
> I use the command line regularly since I do my backups by hand.  But 
> for automatic jobs that probably isn't very necessary--the jobs are 
> configured and scheduled in the config files.  So you can see and 
> control what's happening with the command line but you don't have to 
> set up the whole thing that way.
> While this is probably overkill for my use, it's nice to have 
> experience with something that will scale to a larger system.  I'll 
> proabably replace some home grown scripts on another network with 
> bacula eventually.
> I've also used hdup which is easier to learn but considerably less 
> flexible.  It's fine for a single machine but doesn't seem to scale up 
> very well.
> Dave
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