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What To Backup For CPanel Restore?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by frelliot, May 31, 2006.

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  1. frelliot

    frelliot Registered

    Mar 14, 2006
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    I do daily cpanel backup of whole server and all accounts. Then I do daily rsync incremental transfer of backup to another box located at different place.

    The backup directory structure is similar to this:
      /x account
      /x1 account...
    I believe this is the best backup configuration after reading plenty of posts hear. I do not want to rely on RAID, the realibilty is for me more important that the instant restore. But...

    My main concern is about mysql backup - do I really need "Per Accounts and Entire Mysql Dir" option? What is "Entire Mysql Dir" for? Is it worth the disk space?

    From what I have read it is much better to restore mysql from dumps, and "plain mysql files" may be not enough to restore. So why should I backup these files? What do you think?

    And one more question: how to restore from this backup when failure day comes?
    I have no experience with this and it may be too late one day;) I would copy the whole backup directory to the new disk with fresh OS+Cpanel, but what to do next? Is there Cpanel script to do this?

    Thanks a lot.

  2. chirpy

    chirpy Well-Known Member

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    It's a good idea to use the "Per Accounts and Entire Mysql Dir" . The first does a mysqldump, the second is a copy of /var/lib/mysql - it's handy having both incase the mysqldumps have failed for some reason. The mysql dir isn't ideal as MySQL isn't stopped when it is run, but it's better than losing a database.

    My personal preference to restore a whole server and maintain IP address allocation is to use this procedure:

    1. Restore /dirs/_var_cpanel.tar.gz
    2. Delete all the files in /var/cpanel/users/*
    3. Restore /files/_etc_ips.gz
    4. Perform a Multi-Restore in WHM for all the user accounts
    5. Rebuild apache and php as you had them before
    6. Restore /files/_usr_local_apache_conf_apache_conf.gz
    7. Restart apache
    8. Restore /dirs/_var_named.tar.gz
    9. Restore /files/_etc_named_conf.gz
    10. Restart named
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    #2 chirpy, Jun 1, 2006
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2006
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