Thursday 8 February 2007

Restoring from Backup

A while ago I started backing up the LDAP directory on siona, just a simple cron job to slapcat the directory really. But I hadn't tested restoring from backup. Well, unlike the usual game-plan of "wait for disaster and then beg God's forgiveness for your sins and pray that restoring from backup works", I actually tested the restore! Woo!

A while ago, I had installed a base Debian/Sarge system on chevette. At the time, all I did was take an image, then shut chevette down again. I have no idea how long ago that was... At any rate, fired chevette up the other day, ran the (many) updates, and then tried to manually replicate the directory service from siona by restoring from backup. I'm pleased to say, it worked great! I even found a config error on siona in the process so I'm definitely happy!

So basically, where I'm at is I have got the directory up on chevette. Since I have been having problems upgrading the mail sub-system on siona (e.g. Postfix and periferally Dovecot), I'm going to try to replicate the mail setup from siona on chevette and see if I can get it working with the new Postfix (and everything else). And *then* if it works on chevette, I'll try it all again on siona and that way if it goes haywire on siona, I'll at least know I can wipe siona and restore the config and data from backup.

We'll see how it goes...

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