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Published: 22 Oct 2012

Many people who use open-source backup software become quite attached to their program, whether it's BackupPC, Amanda or Bacula. System administrators responsible for protecting data at small- and medium-sized companies or at the departmental level typically gravitate to these free programs because they're comfortable writing custom scripts; working with Unix and Linux; and using open-source backup tools such as rsync, which synchronizes files and directories between different locations, and tar, an archiving program. Tony Schreiner, a Unix system administrator for biology and physics at Chestnut Hill, MA-based Boston College, has used Symantec's Veritas NetBackup and EMC's NetWorker, but moved to BackupPC because he wanted a free product. But, says Schreiner, "some very large files, greater than 50GB, never complete [their backup.]" He hasn't found a workaround yet except to exclude those files. "I don't have a good scheme for backing up SQL databases, some of which are very large," he adds. "I could script a mysqldump as a pre-backup, but the dump takes ... Access >>>

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