Q. We have central AMANDA backup server configured for tape backup. How do I add new client to AMANDA server? How do I configure CentOS Linux as an AMANDA backup client?
A.The Amanda-client package should be installed on any machine that will be backed up by AMANDA (including the server if it also needs to be backed up). You will also need to install the amanda package on each AMANDA client machine.
Install amanda client
Use yum command, to install amanda-client package:
# yum install amanda-client
Loading "installonlyn" plugin Setting up Install Process Setting up repositories Reading repository metadata in from local files Parsing package install arguments Resolving Dependencies --> Populating transaction set with selected packages. Please wait. ---> Downloading header for amanda-client to pack into transaction set. amanda-client-2.5.0p2-4.i 100% |=========================| 16 kB 00:00 ---> Package amanda-client.i386 0:2.5.0p2-4 set to be updated --> Running transaction check Dependencies Resolved ============================================================================= Package Arch Version Repository Size ============================================================================= Installing: amanda-client i386 2.5.0p2-4 base 121 k Transaction Summary ============================================================================= Install 1 Package(s) Update 0 Package(s) Remove 0 Package(s) Total download size: 121 k Is this ok [y/N]: y Downloading Packages: (1/1): amanda-client-2.5. 100% |=========================| 121 kB 00:00 Running Transaction Test Finished Transaction Test Transaction Test Succeeded Running Transaction Installing: amanda-client ######################### [1/1] Installed: amanda-client.i386 0:2.5.0p2-4 Complete!
Configure Amanda Backup Client
The /var/lib/amanda/.amandahosts file used to specify Amanda server location, open the same:
# vi /var/lib/amanda/.amandahosts
If your server name is backup.nas.nixcraft.in, enter:
Save and close the file.
- backup.nas.nixcraft.in : Amanda server name
- amanda : User name
Please note that you can also create a file named .amandahosts in the home directory of the Amanda user on the client. The syntax is similar to that of a .rhosts file. It should contain an entry with the hostname of the Amanda server and the Amanda user on the server as explained above.
Just start amanda client:
# chkconfig amanda on && chkconfig xinetd on
# /etc/init.d/xinetd restart
Amanda Server Configuration
I’m sssuming that your central serer is up and running. The file /var/lib/amanda/.amandahosts must contain entries with the hostname of each AMANDA client that is allowed to use the amrecover command (amrecover must be run as root). The syntax of the file is similar to that of a .rhosts file. Below is a sample .amandahosts file that allows centos.nixcraft.in client computer to use amrecover: