[Box Backup] Couple of first time user questions

Chris Hane boxbackup at fluffy.co.uk
Fri Nov 5 07:26:15 GMT 2004

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I have just started to look at modernizing our backup solution as we move 
from windows servers to Linux servers.  Currently we are backing up around 
200+ GB to tape.  We are looking to move away from tape.  I like what I 
have read of boxbackup so far even though I just started to play around 
with boxbackup.  I have a couple of quick questions if you would indulge me.

- When I read through the docs, they show how to configure the RAID array 
and the config file name is raidfile.conf.  I'm assuming this is 
raidtools?  We are just now experimenting with RAID and was thinking of 
using the mdadm (Linux).  Will boxbackup work with mdadm or will it only 
work with the version of RAID supported by raidtools?  Also, is there a 
difference as too which RAID level is used?  3?  5?

- I read through the several of the past emails and wanted to ask about the 
current thoughts around Primary/Secondary backup servers.  I would very 
much like to have two different physical machines (separate locations) for 
disaster recovery.

- In the interim until Primary/Secondary support is added to boxbackup, is 
there another solution that can be used to backup the backup?  I remember 
reading something about being able to use rsync.....

As a note, our environment when fully rolled out will be:
- 3 file servers (200+ GB) (this is what we are experimenting with first 
for different backup solutions)
- 1 production application server (30-50 GB)
- 20-30 desktops (windows based so will be waiting for the windows client 
port :)
- 5-10 laptops (windows also)
- 5 Mac OSX machines

Thanks for your indulgence,


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