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CrossNodes: Tonic for your Backup Woes: CD Backups In Linux

Jan 10, 2003, 11:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"As hard drives and networks grow, maintaining good backups without going bananas becomes more of a challenge. A good tool to add to your backup kit is a CD writer. Even when a CD-R/RW is too small for a complete backup scheme, it comes in handy for smaller, specialized uses. Part 1 of this two-part series will tell how to use CD writers in Linux, while Part 2 will cover automating backups with scripts using tools like tar and rsync.

"CD writers have dropped in price enough to make sense as CD-ROM drive replacements. Because restoring from a CD is fast and easy, I like using CD-R/RWs to backup server configurations and to backup the data of users with sensitive, mission-critical information. CDs can be read on any computer, whereas restoring from tape is a complicated process, to say the least. Users who can be trusted to manage their own CD backups make life a little easier for the overworked sysadmin..."

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