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  1. The perennial question about doing backups for...

    The perennial question about doing backups for large amounts of data over long periods of time while spending very little money. The simple answer is that yes, Amanda can do the job, but you should...
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    (I realize this is an old post. Just thought it...

    (I realize this is an old post. Just thought it should at least show a response.)

    You can't really do incremental backups without having a full backup. Nor would you want to. If you were just...
  3. Akkk. The planning is actually messier even than...

    Akkk. The planning is actually messier even than that. Amanda can't tell what the difference is going to be, because it is the next backup that will be affected by clearing the archive bit or not. So...
  4. hmm. I guess what I remembered was that the...

    hmm. I guess what I remembered was that the Amanda written Windows Client does not use the archive bit. The older versions of Amanda used Samba and its smbclient, and smbclient does use the archive...
  5. I don't do Windows, but I'm certain I have seen...

    I don't do Windows, but I'm certain I have seen one of the programmers write that Amanda does not use the Windows archive bit. I have also seen statements by Curtis Preston that the Windows archive...
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    You don't know where it is, but Amanda does. When...

    You don't know where it is, but Amanda does. When you run amrecover, you specify a host, a disk (dle), and a date. You can then navigate through the file structure (the original one that was backed...
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    Did you read through the wiki document "Planner...

    Did you read through the wiki document "Planner notes" (linked in my post above)?

    Look at the file named changer-slot in your configuration directory. I believe if you watch the content of that...
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    That's a rather odd way of managing what is...

    That's a rather odd way of managing what is backed up. It ends up just being a single DLE (i.e. a single thread for backup), and it bypasses the Amanda planner and all the advantages of the Amanda...
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    I don't do Windows or GUI, but the wiki has...

    I don't do Windows or GUI, but the wiki has answers to many things. Look at the page on the Zmanda Windows Client --...
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    You can see what you have in your backups by...

    You can see what you have in your backups by using amrecover (check `man amrecover`). If you choose, you can also recover individual items from particular backup times. Does that server your purpose?
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    Why did you configure 10 slots if you are only...

    Why did you configure 10 slots if you are only wanting to use 6 per drive?

    Amanda will typically use the next tape it comes to that is either new and labeled or has aged out of the typecycle. This...
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    The basic idea is here --...

    The basic idea is here -- http://wiki.zmanda.com/index.php/How_To:Set_Up_Virtual_Tapes. Although that is changing some with the new API's in Amanda 2.6.x, I believe.

    With the setup you are talking...
  13. See...

    See http://wiki.zmanda.com/index.php/Exclude_and_include_lists -- not the clearest writing, but you can find what you want there. Here is another example of it being put to use --...
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    That's pretty different from your title and your...

    That's pretty different from your title and your original post. So, you are configuring Amanda with a Red Hat server and a Windows Vista client, and you would like some help getting it going.

    You...
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    Just some guessing here, but your holding disk...

    Just some guessing here, but your holding disk isn't big enough to hold that, so it's going to go straight to tape. You can look and probably see that the holding disk is empty (the smaller dle's got...
  16. There is a brief reference here...

    There is a brief reference here http://wiki.zmanda.com/index.php/Backup_server#File_driver.2FDisk_backups. Basically, if you just think of your virtual tapes as something you want to backup to tape,...
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    You can get information about an Amanda backup...

    You can get information about an Amanda backup run using amreport -- http://wiki.zmanda.com/man/amreport.8.html.

    When you say you are doing incrementals, you need a full in there to begin with....
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    One normally doesn't keep every one of them going...

    One normally doesn't keep every one of them going back that far. You might have periodic archives. Depending on the volume of your backups, you might pick different strategies. I use real, rather...
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    Can you be a bit more specific about what you are...

    Can you be a bit more specific about what you are asking?

    There is a general list of Amanda's requirements here http://wiki.zmanda.com/index.php/Installation/Amanda%27s_Requirements. And there...
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    OK, I guess I'm not getting one particular point....

    OK, I guess I'm not getting one particular point. I thought you were talking about backing up 1-2TB (and growing). Now you are talking about doing a full on a 35-70G tape (an old DLT) and...
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    The basic idea is explained here...

    The basic idea is explained here http://wiki.zmanda.com/index.php/Amanda_chapter_in_Backup_and_Recovery#Amanda_recovery. Amanda's tape format includes a header that can be read using dd. That header...
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    What kind of DLT drive? What capacity? Assuming a...

    What kind of DLT drive? What capacity? Assuming a newer DLT with a large capacity, the DDS3 essentially becomes dead weight, especially if you are backing up on the order of 1-2TB. It is slow, error...
  23. It seems like you have a couple of problems....

    It seems like you have a couple of problems. First, it seems you have a tapecycle of only 1 and a runspercycle of only 1. That doesn't give you any redundancy. Second, the Permission denied is a...
  24. I can't say whether anyone has done that before....

    I can't say whether anyone has done that before. However, it would seem that if you can run 2 clients on the same machine (as in the wiki entry you cited), and have them respond separately and not...
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    Have you checked the FAQ --...

    Have you checked the FAQ -- http://wiki.zmanda.com/index.php/FAQ:Why_does_Amanda_sometimes_promote_full_dumps%3F ? After looking at that and trying `amadmin <config> balance`, where <config> is your...
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