Rich Freeman on 25 Jul 2012 12:01:42 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Backup drive filling up

On Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 2:07 PM, Lee H. Marzke <> wrote:
> The reason I asked, is that people that haven't done all the steps
> below that you outlined.    If they lose the db an don't have the .bsr
> files  or have the db itself backed up then they will have an
> interesting time at recovery.
> Bacula is great, but requires much more setup work than other non-database
> backed programs if your using it for DR.

Agreed.  I haven't used Bacula in particular, but usually these
enterprise backup solutions have some kind of means for backing up the
database such that they can be read into a generic install of the
software, or worst-case regenerating the database by reading in every
piece of backup media (which is likely not a big deal for a home
solution, but a big problem if your backup media consists of a
warehouse full of tapes).

With VMs being easy to set up I'd suggest that anybody with concerns
just create one and practice a full restore.  You can usually use
virtualization software to segment a group of VMs into a private LAN
if you don't want them to interact with your real bacula/etc server.

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