Just a quick sanity check.. I see people using tar but generally using tar zcf, but that produces:

tar: Removing leading `/' from member names
tar: Removing leading `/' from hard link targets

not worried about the first one, but the second one does worry me...

just want to confirm that:

tar --absolute-names -jcf <backup>.tar.bz2 /opt/zimbra/backup/

will preserve the integrity of the directory structure links so if we need to use the backup file, it will be ok...

Thanx....