Complete Backup of Solaris Server

Hi All,

I'd like to know if there is a complete backup solution for Solaris 10 environment which backup whole complete system like Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 2010 does on Windows Server (complete disk image backup on the fly / hot backup).

At the moment I just realized that using Backup Exec 2010 + RALUS agent (the agent), it can only backup the file only not even the open files :-( which makes it useless when disaster strikes.

My goal is to be able to restore the server from the backup drive (image deployment type) when there is hardware failure.

Any idea and suggestion please ?

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Here's a suggestion:

The initial host should come from a jumpstart/build machine.
packages and config can come from custom jumpstart/cfengine/puppet or some other config tool.
Data comes from your backup systems.

Test it, write up a DR restore plan and hey presto.

Alternatively, use HA kit and perhaps go for a cluster.
jjozAuthor Commented:
wow, it is different than Windows counterpart :-o) i guess simply because it is already reliable by default haha...
i do this simply because this Solaris is M4000 physical server with few zones already hosted above the globalzone.
There is a "Bare Metal Restore" agent available for Netbackup, not that i've used it but its a tool that promises to remove some of the complexity of restoring a system back to its original state. Don't think BackupExec has this option though.

Typically, you'd configure a cluster and shared storage if you were hosting "critical" services with HA built in at every possible layer. You'd also want a DR plan as suggested above.
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jjozAuthor Commented:
yes by using your recommendation above it utilize the built in technology + the investment can be just the backup exec 2010 agent fee only.

i guess i should look for Symantec Netbackup with bare metal restore still :-|
Use Veritas Netbackup. You can backup the entire system can do a bare matel restore.
You can even backup open files using netbackup.
jjozAuthor Commented:
ok, by using Netbackup 7, does this software can / must be installed on Windows Server x64 based ?

I also trying to get the download from the official site but cannot find any even just for trial ?
jjozAuthor Commented:
has anyone tried this FLASH technology ?

looks promising, without spending extra thousand $ for getting 3rd party backup application.
Indeed, that can be used as part of the custom jumpstart strategy mentioned previously (not viable if you have zones though) and in itself, perhaps not the best tool for a complete backup in my humble opinion.
jjozAuthor Commented:
oh.. so this means that the ZFS "flash" technology cannot be used if i create zones on top of the global zone ?
Correct. See the second caution note here.
jjozAuthor Commented:

i was very happy when i found out that ZFS can use flash technology or at can least "dump" into another backup location (eg. NFS or samba) point.

meaning that I shouldn't use Flash archive to backup a system with an online Oracle database
Do not use flash archives as your strategy to backup an online oracle database. By all means, use flash archives with or without jumpstart to help you provision your solaris build for oracle. You can tailor jumpstart to ensure that you have a repeatable process for building any particular class of system.

Then use whatever method you can do document any host specific configurations, even a text doc or spreadsheet will do, so long as it is there and up to date.

To back up your online oracle db's consider a second oracle host that spends its time replaying logs in from your production machine, and back *that* up with some proper backup software in conjunction with rman, either legato or netbackup.

Do you have any dba's you can consult with?

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jjozAuthor Commented:
yes I do here, since the Oracle DB is in the same Solaris SPARC server i wonder if the backup can contain the whole lot at once, but it seems i cannot do it.

Thanks for the deep explanation mate.
jjozAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your reply guys.
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