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Backing up a Dedicated Server


UK1
20-10-2013, 13:41
Quote Originally Posted by Trapper
There are lots of things to consider, when you are making backups. I guess you already know this, because you are asking the question..!

For me, (step 1) I decided that each of my website should be capable of creating backups of it's own data (uploaded files to zips) and databases (to dumps) to an area within its own directory.

For step 2, I have one server (with a different provider) which automatically does my backups overnight.

(As a total geek, I have written scripts to automate the process.) Each night I first run a script to ensure any new websites/databases/email accounts I have added are included in the backup process from now on. Then I have several other scripts to actually take backups based on what I have recorded.

Part of my thinking in the whole process is that the backups are actually stored on the backup server in the same way they are on the production server. Then, if the production server fails, I could create the database from the backup, setup the website in IIS and happily change the IP for the site to the backup server.

Even though I almost exclusively use windows servers, I use a windows-port of "wget" to actually retrieve the files (website, zips, dumps an' all) from the production servers. It seems a bit odd, but it is the most reliable way I have found of collecting files from anywhere...

Hope this helps,

~Trap
That sounds reliable enough. I noticed that OVH NAS is more expensive per TB than OVH Hubic. NAS is 129 ex vat for 1.2 TB PER MONTH whereas Hubic is 99euro pet TB FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR!

Trapper
20-10-2013, 01:30
There are lots of things to consider, when you are making backups. I guess you already know this, because you are asking the question..!

For me, (step 1) I decided that each of my website should be capable of creating backups of it's own data (uploaded files to zips) and databases (to dumps) to an area within its own directory.

For step 2, I have one server (with a different provider) which automatically does my backups overnight.

(As a total geek, I have written scripts to automate the process.) Each night I first run a script to ensure any new websites/databases/email accounts I have added are included in the backup process from now on. Then I have several other scripts to actually take backups based on what I have recorded.

Part of my thinking in the whole process is that the backups are actually stored on the backup server in the same way they are on the production server. Then, if the production server fails, I could create the database from the backup, setup the website in IIS and happily change the IP for the site to the backup server.

Even though I almost exclusively use windows servers, I use a windows-port of "wget" to actually retrieve the files (website, zips, dumps an' all) from the production servers. It seems a bit odd, but it is the most reliable way I have found of collecting files from anywhere...

Hope this helps,

~Trap

UK1
19-10-2013, 23:08
Hello,

I'm interested to hear from anyone who has a Dedicated Server and backs up their server.

How do you do it? Do you use OVH Back Up or just another server? What's the easiest and most reliable way? Can you back up so 2 different machines are redundant?

I am going to be buying a dedicated server when they come back on sale, so I'd like to find out how to back it up.