Paul Walker on 17 Jul 2012 07:37:57 -0700

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[PLUG] Server Backup best practices...

I need to do a server backup on a large production server with a 500GB drive, and maybe 10+GB of sql. Everything has been migrated to a new host over a month ago and I just want to get a canonical backup of the old server before wiping it. I'm thinking to just pull the whole thing down to a local drive with rsync. 

The database stuff is a little less clear. Typically mysqldump (`or mysql [...] > filename.sql`) will choke before completing a dump. I'm not actually sure where the mysql data resides in the file system. Is a copy of the entire remote hard drive sufficient here? 

I'll probably put the backups in a truecrypt volume. 

Any other tips here? I don't want to leave any of the old data floating around, or overlook anything...


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