Backing up Samba

Discussion in 'Storage' started by Uwe Weber, Sep 22, 2003.

  1. Uwe Weber

    Uwe Weber Guest

    Hi all!

    We will have to backup a couple of file servers,
    located in remote offices. These servers run linux
    and serve files to XP Clients using samba.

    I am planning to do this with a NetApp NearStore R150
    and their SnapVault software. The network from remote
    to central offices is weak and their incremental
    snapshot feature looks promising.

    As an added benefit, I am thinking of sharing out
    the backups on the r150 via CIFS, so that a client
    can mount the backup directly if it's dedicated samba
    server crashes.

    Is this possible? If yes, what about share names,
    permissions,user and group info and acls?

    I think, that since Snapvault is backing up from an
    Linux filessystem, we will have only UNIX style file
    metadata on the R150. Normally, I would get the CIFS
    info from an PDC or an AD-server. if we rebuild this
    infrastructure with open ldap and kerberos (we might
    have to this anyhow), could the r150 use it?
    Has somebody done something like this before?

    Thanks and regards,
    Uwe Weber, Sep 22, 2003
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