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Backup & Recovery: Inexpensive Backup Solutions for Open Systems Paperback – 13 Jan 2007
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Inexpensive Backup Solutions
Packed with practical, freely-available backup and recovery solutions for Unix, Linux, Windows and Mac OS X systems - as well as various databases - this new guide is a complete overhaul of Unix Backup & Recovery by the same author, now revised and expanded with over 75 per cent new material. "Backup & Recovery" starts with a complete overview of backup philosophy and design, including the basic backup utilities of tar, dump, cpio, ntbackup, ditto, and rsync. It then explains several open source backup products that automate backups using those utilities, including AMANDA, Bacula, BackupPC, rdiff-backup, and rsnapshot. "Backup & Recovery" then explains how to perform bare metal recovery of AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Mac OS, Solaris, VMWare, & Windows systems using freely-available utilities. The book also provides overviews of the current state of the commercial backup software and hardware market, including overviews of CDP, Data De-duplication, D2D2T, and VTL technology. Finally, it covers how to automate the backups of DB2, Exchange, MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, SQL-Server, and Sybase databases - without purchasing a commercial backup product to do so.For environments of all sizes and budgets, this unique book shows you how to ensure data protection without resorting to expensive commercial solutions. You will soon learn to: automate the backup of popular databases without a commercial utility; perform bare metal recovery of any popular open systems platform, including your PC or laptop; utilize valuable but often unknown open source backup products; understand the state of commercial backup software, including explanations of CDP and data de-duplication software; and access the current state of backup hardware, including Virtual Tape Libraries (VTLs). See all Product description
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Currently, I have a tape drive working under Windows, but soon we will add couple more drives running under Unix and there when I will use multiple examples this book is full of. From files to databases and bare metal - all is covered and explained simply and clearly and that's what I enjoy most when reading books of such content. Plus you have a great set of commercial and open source utilities reviewed and explained - all on more than 700 pages.
I am sure I will be using this book every now and then when changing or expanding our network as to the moment I absolutely loved it. Very useful, worth every penny spent.
If you're a sysadmin with any responsibility for backups in any shape or form, this book is a must.
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Backup & Recovery is still a go to book, but it is showing its age and could use a new edition. A lot of info is still pertinent like backup strategies but software vs been updated and new tech isn't covered.
This version updates the 7 year old predecessor. The previous book was very good and widely respected in the UNIX and Linux community. Now Preston has expanded the coverage to include windows and MacIntosh OS-X - of interest to many enterprises with heterogenious environments.
For me the updated Linux/Unix coverage was very welcome. The well organized and accessible content had immediate application to myself and a client. Beyond accessibility there is also enough depth to keep out of trouble and with lots of references it points you to sources for details beyond the context of the book.
A great book on backup but a new edition should be done soon to keep it up to date.
If you are specifically looking a Bacula you might also consider Network Backup with Bacula [How-to].
Hope this helps someone!