I will be setting up a Linux database serving using RedHat Linux 9 or Fedora and MySQL. The server will have a 4mm DDS4 tape drive in it. I would like to know what software is available (free or commercial) that will allow me to do full system backups and restore them quickly in case of failure. I will probably backup the database daily using mysqlsump or something like that and the entire OS less frequently. My concern is the OS. From what I understand, if you use TAR you have to reload Linux from CD before you can restore from tape. I need to be able to restore quickly from tape without having to reload the system. I want it to be simple enough that any of our techs could do it if I’m not around.