Full Server Backup and Restore of “open source version”
We been testing Zimbra for almost 1 week now and it looks good.
I have read in few post that “network version / commercial” will have mailbox backup and restore but we are strictly interested to know how “Open Source Version” will be Backed up/Restored. I will try to clearly state scenarios
1) Move Zimbra install from 1 production server to another. Apart form installing Zimbra on new server what we need to do to Backup/copy existing one and Restore on New Target Server
2) What we need to Backup under ZIMBRA only (ie. What folders/files) on regular basis to so we can provide Disaster recovery if production server fails
Any insight is greatly appreciated
Raj S Vrach
There has to be a better way than that....
What if we have several hundred megabytes or several gigs of email? That'll take too long to backup. How long are we supposed to keep the server down to make the nightly backups? We want to switch over to Zimbra from Exchange, but even Exchange will backup without shutting down the server...
There has to be a better way with the open source version... what do you do in your Network version, and why can't we do it in the open source version?
Don't forget the per-user index
You forgot to list the per-user search indexes in that list.
Remember, not only do you have to backup all these things, you have to keep them completely in-sync so you get a consistent snapshot of the data. Very Bad Things will happen if someone receives or deletes a message in the time between the backup of MySQL and the backup of the Blob store (messages) and the backup of the index.
Seriously folks -- live backup is a surprisingly hard problem and the issues can be very subtle. You'll probably end up getting something that works most of the time, but you really have no protection over getting a bad snapshot at the wrong time....