shorvath <email@example.com> wrote
on 06/26/2012 01:02:00 PM:
> I wouldn't want to rsync /var/lib/backuppc as this is
not in a
> format that can be readily used.
> What I'm after is a ready to use snapshot, As it looks on the
> server I'm backing up or what it would look like if using the
> archive host feature but just not in tar format.
While I'm at it, another point: you say that
you want a snapshot. Great: I think you should have a snapshot,
Unfortunately, BackupPC does not provide snapshots.
It provides files. Under most circumstances (and under Windows,
under *all* circumstances), BackupPC is not going to allow you to do a
bare-metal restore, and certainly not easily. Frankly, asking it
to is a lot to ask. But it does a tremendous job of allowing you
to back up huge collections of individual files, as well as keeping an
entire history of those files, all in a space-optimized way.
There *are* tools that do a great job of snapshots,
including bare-metal restore. However, they won't easily allow you
to restore a single file, and won't allow you to keep multiple copies of
your data efficiently. Clonezilla is a good one to look at. Using
LVM snapshots is another. If you're using virtualized hosts, your
virtualization engine should have snapshot capabilities already (and snapshots
are one of the best reasons to be using virtualization in the first place).
File-level and snapshot backups are complementary.
There is some overlap, but one does not cover everything that the
other does. One is a hammer, one is a screwdriver. Use the
right tool for the job.