How to backup Linux Servers?

I am currently using Symantec Backup Exec 2010 r3, for a group of MS Windows Servers. However, I have a group of 6 linux servers - 2 being RHEL 5.2, and 3 being CentOS 5.5, and 1 being CentOS 6.3.

I have checked with my distributor that SBE 15 is only able to backup RHEL, but not CentOS distro. btw, how to backup the remaining 4 CentOS distros? I heard that Acronis backup and recovery linux edition can do so, is this true? Can I schedule to run rsync? or any better solution?

Thanks and appreciate help.
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
What's running on those servers? DB, web server, email?
You can use LVM snapshots, rsync, tar, etc.

Easiest is to use tar. Schedule it using cron.
tar cvpzf /path/to/backups/centos_box_1_YYYYMMDD.tgz --exclude=/proc --exclude=/lost+found --exclude=/mnt --exclude=/sys --exclude=/dev /

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Then copy it to the backup server
scp /path/to/backups/centos_box_1_YYYYMMDD.tgz ServerBackupFQDNOrIP:/path/to/backups/

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RedHat and CentOS are the so close to being the same operating systems.  I suspect that they will back up just as well as the RHEL servers will, but Symantec just doesn't support it. I would give it a try before looking for a new solution.
MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
Thanks for both experts.

Savone pointed a very important point - SBE won't support centOS although RHEL is supported. Dan suggested using Linux commands - SCP, rsync. I opted for rsync, and the backup operation is working fine so far.
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