SysAdmin: Configuring Amanda

“Amanda is the Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk
Archiver, developed at the University of Maryland in the 1990s.
While it is now maintained at SourceForge and support is provided
only through mailing lists and a FAQ-O-MATIC, it is still a highly
useful, stable network backup utility with a wide range of
features. Amanda is tailored for networks that have a central
server with a high-capacity tape drive and multiple backup clients.
Although Amanda was built for UNIX systems, it has been extended to
provide backup services to Windows clients (via Samba, although a
separate project is underway to develop a native Windows client) to
allow deployment in heterogeneous environments.

In this article, I will review the installation and
configuration process for Amanda and show how to tailor it to some
of the potential environments it may be used in. The environment
for this implementation consists of a Pentium II 350-MHz system
running Slackware 8.0 and an Exabyte 8505 tape drive as the server,
and clients including OpenBSD 2.8 and Red Hat Linux 7.1.”


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