[TriLUG] New system configuration thoughts
cgbullock at yahoo.com
Tue May 1 22:39:37 EDT 2007
>From professional experience, users will be the cause of having a "backup"
copy of the data. Deleting files accidentally is a common occurrence. So
if you are running a RAID 1 the physical drive is the only thing thats
backed up, If your machine take a large power strike, flood, or gets
knocked over while running you will lose both drives. Disks are cheap
enough to throw in a really old server and rsync daily. And after rsync
runs the first time, your rsync will be really quick since it only backs
up the files that have changed since the last backup. Ideally, you would
want a raid 1 with off-site rsync back, and since rsync uses ssh the data
--- Jim Tuttle <jtuttle at prairienet.org> wrote:
> > Any holes in this method? I've been thinking about raid
> > mirroring, but it seems like overkill.
> Remember, "RAID" does not mean "backup".
> RAID is for high availability. Backups are for recovering lost files
> (due to hardware failure, stupid user error, etc).
> Yeah, I don't get this. I understand the whole machine could fry and
> I'd lose data, but wouldn't RAID 1 be more useful than not backing up to
> a second disk. Fires or total meltdowns seem much less common than
> filesystem errors or such that would lead to 1 drive becoming
> unreadable. I have a system to periodically take a firewire drive home,
> rsync to it, and take it back to work for off-site backup. In this
> situation, wouldn't RAID 1 be better than the occasional rsync from sda1
> to sdbx? I mean, isn't RAID 1 an on-line backup? Would rsync be
> Thanks very much for the food for thought,
> ---Jim Tuttle
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