Linux and Unix Backup and Restore

Tutorials, howtos, and general Linux / Unix tips about Backing and restoring the systems. This section guides sys admin with backing up data to enable recovery from data loss. ( rss feed )

Q. How do I move my Thunderbird email client settings from Debian Linux desktop to a new Ubuntu Linux laptop? I’ve installed Thunderbird on Ubuntu Linux but not able to find any import or export option. How do I move settings?

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Q. I’m using Red Hat Enterprise Linux based Apache web server. How do I backup my Apache webserver, MySQL and PostgreSQL database to another disk called /backup and then copy it to other offsite backup ssh server called backup.example.com?

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I’ve HP RAID 6 server running RHEL 5.x. I’d like to act this box as a backup server for my other Red Hat DNS and Web server. The server must keep backup in hourly, daily and monthly format. How do I configure my Red Hat / CentOS Linux server as remote backup or snapshot server?

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How do I update my system using cvsup mirror? How do I upgrade from previous releases using FreeBSD 6.x or 7.x? How do I upgrade everything including kernel, userland utilities, and installed applications?

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Q. When I run tar command it fails with an error that read as follows: tar: /dev/st0: Cannot write: Invalid argument How do I fix this error under CentOS / Debian / Fedora / RHEL Linux HP server systems?

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Can I use RAID as the only backup solution under Linux? Is RAID is reliable backup solution for server?

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