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

Fred van Zwieten fvzwieten at gmail.com
Mon Sep 2 10:54:10 UTC 2013

This is an interesting topic. I too am looking for a backup tool that is
"glusterfs friendly". I am looking at rsnapshot, but I want to use
glusterfs as a backup target and rsnapshot relies heavily on hardlinks.
Hardlinks are a special case in glusterfs and I am not sure if rsnapshot is
the right solution for me. I am also looking at Bacula. My use case btw is
tens of thousands of tiff images scatered among directories. These tiff
images sometimes get moved around and even hole subdirectories get moved
around. rsnapshot nor bacula handle that elegantly. snapshotting would, but
that is not build into glusterfs and lvm snapshots are not supported (in



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On Mon, Sep 2, 2013 at 11:33 AM, James <purpleidea at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Sep 2, 2013 at 5:17 AM, Tamas Papp <tompos at martos.bme.hu> wrote:
> > Mount the volume on the backup server and backup files as the would exist
> > locally.
> I do this using rsnapshot. You might want to have a look, but
> something like bacula is another common solution. Because gluster
> volumes can be quite large, you might want to have multiple
> independent rsnapshot runs working concurrently. I wrote a puppet
> module to manage and setup the separate rsnapshot instances which is
> not a native rsnapshot feature. Have a look if you like:
> https://github.com/purpleidea/puppet-rsnapshot
> > Cluster (gluster) configurations can be backed up by either exporting
> > gluster volume info or backing up the vol files (/var/lib/glusterfs/...
> or
> > something like that).
> Exactly... Or by using something like puppet-gluster to define your
> configuration, and then backing up your puppet code. [plug]
> https://github.com/purpleidea/puppet-gluster
> Hope this helps,
> James
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