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Server backup questions

Discussion in 'Data Protection' started by joedom99, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. joedom99

    joedom99 Registered

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    We have a hosting server co-located in a data center that hosts about 50 small company websites. I'd like to improve our data protection capabilities. Currently we're doing daily incremental backups using WHM backup to a local backup folder on the same server. We currently manually rsync the whole backup folder to a remote server. How can I better automate that for consistency and ease of restoration? From time-to-time we also generate account-level backups using the backup features and then manually FTP that to a remote location.

    1. Should I do a server-wide or account-level backups? I'm inclined to backup the whole thing, unless there's value in doing account-level ones (like ease of restoration).

    2. Thoughts about using WHM's remote FTP backup capability or have the backup stored locally like I'm doing?

    3. If I keep the backups locally, thoughts about automating the transfer of the backup folder - rsync, FTP, etc?

    Any other tips or best practices appreciated.

    Joe
     
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    We keep cpanel backups and rotate them through a daily/weekly/monthly basis. If you have them on the same disk as the data you're protecting, that's definitely not best practice, although I understand if that's the hardware you have available.

    We also rsync to a remote server using the cpmr script mentioned in this forum and at WHM Scripts.

    It really depends on what sort of data protection you want:
    • Do you need a history of individual files? (eg to protect against account compromises etc or accidental deletions)
    • What sort of recovery eventualities are most likely?
    • How will you recover if you lose a whole server?
    • What sort of time will it take you to do that?

    Work through those questions - there are probably others as well that I've missed as it's late here - and then set priorities and the sort of protection you need should become clear.

    The problem with having a large pile of cpanel tarballs is that they can take ages to restore, especially on a busy system, so you need to take that into account in your planning. However in your case you only have 50, so that's likely not to be a problem for you.
     
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    syslint Well-Known Member

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    If you need to take remote backup it is not good to use the ftp backup option, which will increase your server load, you may need ,
    - Low cpu usage backup program
    - remote , rsync incremental
    - fast update
    - No gzip compression
    So may be take a look at cPremote : cPanel/WHM remote rsync backup plugin
     
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    How to uninstall cpremote?
     
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