thoughts on setting up an emergency server

Gregory Nowak greg at
Sun Oct 27 00:45:30 EDT 2002

Thanks Darrel.

Actually, this is a 2 drive system, with both drives in use (no, it's not for raid).
Every 24 hours, I have a script that tar balls the entire system, and stores a copy on each drive. That way, if it's something like a drive failure, All I have to do is to untar the last backup on the remaining drive, and I'm all set.
However, if it's something more critical, then ...

I also have a cdrw set which I bring up to date weekly with my configuration files, and user directories if they're not too big to fit on the backup.

This box is slackware 8.0, with the internet tools such as bind and apache updated to the newest versions from 8.1 packages.
If this box should ever go, I'd like to be able to do a full reinstall with the newest version of slackware or maybe debian, so that I don't just keep using an outdated distro version when I have the chance and excuse to replace it.


On Sat, Oct 26, 2002 at 09:15:28PM -0700, Darrell Shandrow wrote:
> Hi Greg,
> Well, first, especially if a particular system is mission-critical, it is a
> very good idea to make a full system backup and keep that backup up to date.
> Perhaps, do a full backup once weekly, then an incremental backup each night
> thereafter.  Of course, you'll need to devise a quick method of restoring
> such a full backup in the event of an emergency.
> Outside of that, well, it'd be best to just have another Linux box up and
> ready to go.  When the inevitable happens, just change the IP addresses on
> that second box as needed, and you're all set.  Of course, your second Linux
> box must be configured the same or similarly to your primary one; though it
> doesn't probably have to be nearly as powerful.
> OK; hope this helps.

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