Dedupe to tape: Are you crazy?

Date October 25, 2009

W Curtis Preston, at Backup Central has posted an interesting entry, "Is Dedupe to tape crazy?. Even he admits in the first sentence that, yes, dedupe to tape is crazy. But then he bumps the crazy-fest up a notch by asking whether it's crazy-bad or crazy-good. You should read the article, but let me jump […]

Quick blurb on backups and Amanda

Date August 17, 2009

I've mentioned AMANDA a couple of times, and I just wanted to give an update on where I stood. I hate to say it, but I gave up. I didn't have the time to work with the configurations and craft them into the backup plan I needed. On the other hand, I wasn't willing to […]

The Backup Policy: Databases

Date June 15, 2009

It's getting time to revisit my old friend, the backup policy. My boss and I reviewed it last week before he left, and I'm going to spend some time refining the implementation of it. Essentially, our company, like most, operates on data. The backup policy is designed to ensure that no piece of essential data […]

Progressing towards a true backup site

Date April 29, 2009

A while back, I moved our production site into a Tier 4 co-location in NJ. Our former primary site became the backup, and things went very smoothly. Now we're continuing on with our plans of centralizing our company in the northeast of the US. To advance these plans, I'm less than a week away from […]

Tape Labeling in AMANDA

Date March 20, 2009

Alright, I'm once again appealing to people with more experience than I have. Waist deep in learning AMANDA, I have questions about tape labeling. I'm attempting to find the best practices for labeling tapes, both physically (via barcode stickers on the tape) and the "logical" label written using the 'amlabel' command. Anyone who knows better, […]

Backups Suck

Date February 6, 2009

Many thanks to Michael Janke for this blog entry Years ago we had a period of time where we had nothing but problems with backups. Tape drives failed, changers failed, jobs failed. We rarely if ever went a weekend without getting called in to tweak, repair or restart backup hardware or software. It was a […]