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    Default Backup to another drive

    Forgive me as I'm sure this is a basic Linux question, but I would like to backup to another disk mounted on the server. Can you tell me the path I would need to use in the backup settings to do this?

    The drive is
    /dev/sdb1 153834852 94272 145926164 1% /mnt/drive2

    Thanks for your help.

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    rsync is a good tool

    rman rsync

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    Another possibility would be to move the backup directory to /mnt/drive2 then create a symbolic link to the new location using ln -s /mnt/drive2/backup /opt/zimbra

    This will place the backups in the new location

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    Quote Originally Posted by jholder View Post
    rsync is a good tool

    rman rsync
    I've been wondering about keeping a local backup with the server and one over the network to another machine.

    Would you say backing up once and rsyncing over the network is the right way to go?

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    Personally, I love rsync.

    In answer to your question, yes.

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    Default What time?

    If the backup process is set to run at 1am nightly, would you run your rsync prior to the backup at 10pm or wait and run it later like 4am?

    I don't want to either rsync a partial backup by starting the copy before the zmbackup is complete, but I also don't want the zmbackup to be bogged down because rsync hasn't finished. Also if I rsync first, then if the local copy dies (which is why I'm making a network copy) then the network copy is at least 24 hours old...

    Ideas?

    Peter

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    From the info from our backup file - it takes little time for the incrementals to complete. Our incremental is up to 193M nightly. Here is our info..

    Label: incr-20070314.050005.110
    Type: incremental
    Status: completed
    Started: Wed Mar 14 01:00:05 EDT 2007
    Ended: Wed Mar 14 01:00:34 EDT 2007
    Redo log sequence range: 78 .. 78
    Number of accounts: 81


    Label: incr-20070313.050005.506
    Type: incremental
    Status: completed
    Started: Tue Mar 13 01:00:05 EDT 2007
    Ended: Tue Mar 13 01:00:22 EDT 2007

    Redo log sequence range: 76 .. 76
    Number of accounts: 81

    We run our backup at 3:14 and its done in less than an hour. Well before any employees come in to office.

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    Default BACKUP in Network Edition

    I have completed successfully some backups with the backup utility in the network edition..

    I would like to know how to delete some old backups in order to free disc space, without cause any system error.

    Is it enough deleting the /BACKUP_PATH/sessions/full-YYYYMMDD.213640.633 directory?
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    Zimbra's default configuration will delete backups older than 1 month old. You can modify this entry in cron. Here is a snippet to delete backups by hand from the wiki..

    Delete backup sessions either by label or by date. Deleting by label deletes that session and all backup sessions before that session. Deleting by date deletes all backup session prior to the specified date.

    zmbackup -del 7d

    More info can be found here: http://wiki.zimbra.com/index.php?tit...ckup_Procedure

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    Excellent echoman! Thanks.
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