We rsync /nsr to one of our storage nodes, hoping we can "promote" it should
our server die.
On Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 2:15 PM, Tim Mooney <Tim.Mooney AT ndsu DOT edu> wrote:
> In regard to: [Networker] hypothetical question, helenjay said (at
> If I tar'd the whole of /nsr and anything else related to networker,
>> could I use that backup to recover networker as opposed to mmrecov and
>> scanner etc., should I have a major disaster?
> In the old, old days, the answer would likely have been "no", because many
> versions of tar did not preserve sparse files and some of the db files had
> the potential to be sparse.
> These days, that's less of a concern. More versions of tar handle sparse
> files, and the changes to the database formats have reduced or possibly
> even eliminated the chance that any of the files will be sparse. You
> don't say what platform you're on, so you'll want to check your version of
> tar to make certain it does preserve sparse files, just in case.
> If the db files are quiescent (i.e. NetWorker shut down, or no checking
> or updating going on for the files), a tar copy of them should be fine.
> I wouldn't want it to be my only backup method, but it's a useful addition
> to the standard bootstrap DR procedure.
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