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SystemRescueCd

If you accidentally delete data or format a disk, good advice can be expensive. Or maybe not: You can undo many data losses with SystemRescueCd. The price for mass storage devices of all types has been falling steadily in recent years, with a simultaneous increase in capacity. As a result, users...
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Resetter
The Resetter tool will take Ubuntu, Linux Mint (and a few other, Ubuntu-based distributions) back to stock configuration. Jack Wallen shows how.

Set Ubuntu Derivatives Back to Default with Resetter

How many times have you dived deep into Ubuntu (or a Ubuntu derivative), configuring things and installing software, only to find that your desktop (or server) platform isn’t exactly what you wanted. This situation can be problematic when you already have all of your user files on the machine. In...
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Creating Better Disaster Recovery Plans

Five questions for Tanya Reilly: How service interdependencies make recovery harder and why it’s a good idea to deliberately and preemptively manage dependencies. I recently asked Tanya Reilly, Site Reliability Engineer at Google, to share her thoughts on how to make better disaster recovery plans...
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Backupninja
Backupninja is a handy tool that allows for coordinated system backups; get details in this tutorial.

Automate MySQL Database Backups with Backupninja

Chance are, you have a database or two, running on one or more Linux systems, that has become crucial to your business or job. If you happen to be a Linux administrator, the likelihood of those databases being of the MySQL sort is pretty high. With such a priority placed on information, what are...
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Backup and storage
Safe and reliable backups are a must for all system administrators. Here are some guidelines to consider for your own peace of mind.

How to Safely and Securely Back Up Your Linux Workstation

Even seasoned system administrators can overlook Linux workstation backups or do them in a haphazard, unsafe manner. At a minimum, you should set up encrypted workstation backups to external storage. But it’s also nice to use zero-knowledge backup tools for off-site/cloud backups for more peace...
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data recovery
Time is of the essence when rescuing your files from a dying hard drive.

GNU ddrescue – The Best Damaged Drive Rescue

When you rescue your data from a dying hard drive, time is of the essence. The longer it takes to copy your data, the more you risk losing. GNU ddrescue is the premium tool for copying dying hard drives, and any block device such as CDs, DVDs, USB sticks, Compact Flash, SD cards -- anything that is...
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Postmortem of GitLab Database Outage of January 31

On January 31st 2017, we experienced a major service outage for one of our products, the online service GitLab.com. The outage was caused by an accidental removal of data from our primary database server. This incident caused the GitLab.com service to be unavailable for many hours. We also lost...
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dd command
When you’re looking for a tool to handle a bare metal backup, you may need to look no further than the dd command.

Full Metal Backup Using the dd Command

As with any aspect of Linux, there are myriad ways to do a single task. Everything from your desktop GUI, running a web server, checking logs, and backing up your system. Finding how to do a task that best suits your need can sometimes be a drawn-out process. But, when you’re looking for a tool to...
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How to Monitor the Progress of dd on Linux

The dd command allows you to duplicate a hard disk to another or erase a hard drive completely. It is also useful for backups and recovery. However, once you start a dd command, there's nothing to tell you of its progress. It just sits at the cursor until the command finally finishes. There are...
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encrypted backup
In this article on encrypted backups, you'll learn how to fine-tune your file selection and how to backup your encryption keys.

Managing Encrypted Backups in Linux, Part 2

In part 1, we learned how to make simple automated unencrypted and encrypted backups. In this article, I will show you how to fine-tune your file selection, and how to backup your encryption keys. rsync Include and Exclude Files rsync supports all kinds of complex ways to build lists of files that...
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