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Tape Backup/Restore Options

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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.
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Occasional full system backups via dump are probably the best from a full system restore perspective. Those backups can be used from a rescue mode boot off CD to restore the system. From a continuity of operations you'll want to have a regular backup schedule that incorporates full and incremental backups. I like to do monthly fulls and daily incrementals.

Probably the best commercial backup software is Legato Networker. It's a bit pricey, but can be well worth the expense for mission critical servers.
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Thanks for your input. I will spend som time evaluating both of your Suggestions
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