[Gluster-users] FW: Backup / Restore for Gluster volumes.

Tamas Papp tompos at martos.bme.hu
Mon Sep 2 06:48:12 UTC 2013

On 09/01/2013 08:10 AM, Bobby Jacob wrote:
> *From:*Bobby Jacob
> *Sent:* Wednesday, August 28, 2013 8:35 AM
> *To:* gluster-users at gluster.org <mailto:gluster-users at gluster.org>
> *Subject:* Backup / Restore for Gluster volumes.
> Hi,
> What would be the various options to backup gluster volumes. The bricks are created with xfs 
> filesystems. I've gone through the concepts of xfsdump concept. Can we schedule daily incremental 
> backups of the gluster volume or bricks. ??
> What about restoring the bricks or volumes. ?

I wouldn't make backups under glusterfs. In theory it should work, but there are too many critical 
points in the system.

For example you need to stop every transaction (in case of VMs, then all of them) to make consistent 
If you have multiple bricks, all of them has to be snapshotted at the same time....etc.
In addition restoring would be nightmare.

IMHO, it's a crazy idea.


ui.: I use dirvish (rsync based backup solution) and it works fine, though cluster side snapshotting 
feature would help a lot.
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