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    Default Live Backups or anything like it?

    I will be running a 4.5.6 server, and want to know if the backup procedures listed in the wiki (talk about 3.0.6 or somethign) are still how I would want to handle the backup procedure..

    eg, shutdown zimbra services...
    tar filesystem
    tar mailfolder mount

    start zimbra server again?

    Is there a way to quickly create snapshots or something of the like? I've got a NAS with one client connecting to handle the messagestore itself and its pretty performant when it comes to storing messages etc. But when looking at backup, just the fact that there hundreds of thousands of files strewn about the message store leads to pretty timely copies/backups.

    If I could have my nas create a snapshot, is there a way to rebuild indexes from a message store (assuming user database in ldap is up to date?) (I know there is a rebuild index at the mailbox level, but seems like this should be able to handled programatically, and perhaps for a list of mailboxes, or all mailboxes or something along those lines.)

    Thank you kindly.

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    Sorry forgot to clarify, this is for a OSS implementation.

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    My advice would be to invest in the Network Edition.

    Otherwise, it might be helpful to run in a virtual Machine and backup the whole machine.

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    of course youd recommend it....

    noooooooot gonna happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronnyek View Post
    Is there a way to quickly create snapshots or something of the like?
    As long as all of your changing data is stored on a filesystem that supports snapshots, it should be a simple matter to shut down Zimbra, trigger a snapshot, and start Zimbra back up. Most snapshotting systems take at most a few seconds to complete, so your down time would be minimal.

    From my understanding of the internals, the two most critical storage areas to keep in sync are the MySQL store and the message store. The Index store can be fairly easily rebuilt from the admin console (and presumably, via SOAP calls), and the LDAP store can be replicated for redundancy. Still, it wouldn't hurt to put all of them on a snapshottable filesystem and create a copy of them all at once.

    I'm a Solaris/NetApp person myself, but I believe you can get snapshots by using LVM on Linux, and OS X is adding snapshots (by adopting Sun's ZFS) in 10.5

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    Default ZFS not fully implemented...

    Quote Originally Posted by hillman View Post
    ...OS X is adding snapshots (by adopting Sun's ZFS) in 10.5
    As much as I wish that were true, Apple is implementing on a read-only version of ZFS in 10.5. (I was kinda pulling for the default filesystem format to be ZFS, myself, but eh...).

    Perhaps by 10.5.3 or so...

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