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Regarding effective backup strategy for Apache Web Server

Hi Experts,
I have a Apache Web Server running on Red Hat Linux 7.3 with MYSQL database installed. However, I have a pretty old machine.
I am planning for disater recovery  and thinking of two options _
1) Adding another Hard Disk and using  RAID 1 for fault tolerance and fast recovery
2) Using Backup of important filesystems  including databases  on to the Tape drive.
Actually, I am new to system admin and want to know about the instructions to be followed to achieve these objectives.
Secondly, how can I automate and schedule  the process for taking database backups when the mysqld  deamon is running ?
I am bit concerned about the system performance as data mirroring may effect the overall perforrmnce of the web server.
Thanks,

 
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paullamhkgCommented:
1st mysql have the backup/restore function for backup it's databases/tables call mysqldump (http://dev.mysql.com/doc/mysql/en/mysqldump.html) so after you dump your database you can tar to your tape drive manually or try to thinking of using the Amanda (http://www.amanda.org/) which now almost included in many linux distro for backup use. and you can use the amanda to schedule/automate your backup, and select which/what files to backup.

using a Raid 1 (mirroring) is a solution, but it's sure will slow down a bit, but it's better to RAID it for the fault tolerance.

My suggestion is to have the hot swaptable hardware raid to raid your disk and have the tape with the amanda to backup your data into the tape. if you think the hardwre raid is not cost effective, you can thinking of using the software raid, but you need to shutdown when there is disk failure.
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mn210Author Commented:
Thanks a lot for all info. provided.
Can you please tell one last quetsion :
I want to buy tape drive for my i686 machine(old). We have 4mm DDS-120 4GB data tapes.Which are the good and reliable tape drive (EIDE/SCSI) in the markets today ?
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