A quick guide to Linux backup and recovery

Wednesday, 17 December 2003, 3:44 PM EST

IBM e-business architect Chris Walden is your guide through a nine-part developerWorks series on moving your operational skills from a Windows to a Linux environment. In this part, we take stock of what is on the system, and plan and implement regular backups with an eye to recovery as well as security.

Linux is a stable and reliable environment. But any computing system can have unforeseen events, such as hardware failures. Having a reliable backup of critical configuration information and data is part of any responsible administration plan. There is a wide variety of approaches to doing backups in Linux. Techniques range from very simple script-driven methods to elaborate commercial software. Backups can be done to remote network devices, tape drives, and other removable media. Backups can be file-based or drive-image based. There are many options available and you can mix and match your techniques to design the perfect backup plan for your circumstances.

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