Linux Backup Tools
Linux backup tools, A good plan b (backup) is essential in order to have the ability to recover from human errors, RAID or disk failure or File system corruption. A dependable backup tool is not a luxury, everyone needs to have one. But that doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune.
Here some of my favorites Linux Backup Tools
fwbackups is a feature-rich user backup program that allows you to backup your documents anytime, anywhere, this is, by far, the easiest of all the Linux backup tool. It is cross platform, has a user-friendly interface, and can do single backups or recurring scheduled backups. The fwbackups tool allows you to do backups either locally or remotely in tar, tar.gz, tar.bZ, or rsync format.
You can back up an entire computer or a single file. Unlike many backup utilities, fwbackups is easy to install because it will most likely be found in your distribution’s repository.
Bacula is a set of Open Source, computer programs that permit you to manage backup, recovery, and verification of computer data across a network of computers of different kinds. Bacula is relatively easy to use and very efficient, while offering many advanced storage management features that make it easy to find and recover lost or damaged files. In technical terms, it is an Open Source, network based backup program.
Rsync is one of the most widely used Linux backup solutions. With rsync, you can do flexible incremental backups, either locally or remotely. Rsync can update whole directory trees and file systems; preserve links, ownerships, permissions, and privileges; use rsh, ssh, or direct sockets for connection; and support anonymous connections. Rsync is a command-line tool, one of the biggest pluses of using a command-line tool is that you can create simple scripts to use, in conjunction with cron, to create automated backups. For this, rsync is perfect.
Mondo Rescue is a GPL disaster recovery solution. It supports Linux and FreeBSD. It’s packaged for multiple distributions (Fedora, RHEL, openSuSE, SLES, Mandriva, Mageia, Debian, Ubuntu, Gentoo).
It supports tapes, disks, network and CD/DVD as backup media, multiple filesystems, LVM, software and hardware Raid. Mondorescue is one of those tools you have around for disaster recovery because one of its strengths is backing up an entire installation, supports LVM 1/2, RAID, ext2, ext3, ext4, JFS, XFS, ReiserFS, and VFAT. Mondo is used by large companies.
Amanda allows an administrator to set up a single backup server and back up multiple hosts to it. It’s robust, reliable, and flexible. Amanda uses native Linux dump and/or tar to facilitate the backup process. One nice feature is that Amanda can use Samba to back up Windows clients to the same Amanda server. It’s important to note that with Amanda, there are separate applications for server and client. For the server, only Amanda is needed. For the client, the Amanda-client application must be installed.
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