This tool allows you to backup the data present on your computer to different media and/or to a remote machine over a network. It also supports multiple profiles for different backup scenarios. Once the parameters are set, you can run the backup periodically. Then, you can forget about it until you wish or need to restore files.
System to include the
where all your current system configuration files lie. This allows you
to “transport” your system to another computer with little
effort: only hardware-dependent configuration will have to be
The “System” backup does not include the applications themselves (i.e. executable files, libraries). A priori this makes sense because it is likely that you will have access to the system's installation media from which applications can be easily installed again on the target computer.
Use Incremental/Differential Backups. Selecting this will preserve old backups. Choosing Use Incremental Backups will only save files which have been changed or added since the last backup operation. Choosing Use Differential Backups will only save files which have been changed or added since the first backup operation (also known as the “base” backup). This last option takes more space than the first one, but allows you to more easily restore the system “as it was” at any given point in time for which a differential backup was made.
The local hard disk drive is used to prepare backups for all media except NFS and direct to tape. You should not perform backups on your local hard disk anyway, you should always backup to remote or removable media. You can set the directory for storage and the limit of storage space. You can also set how many days to keep incremental or differential backups in order to save disk space.
To store the backup on a remote computer accessible using different methods. You can set the connection parameters as well as the access method and its options (if applicable). Please note that NFS backups are considered to be local disk backups, even if they are effectively stored on a remote system.
This is our preferred media for the example, so click on its button to set the required parameters (see Figure 5.14, “Setting Optical Media Parameters”).
For multisession recordings, please bear in mind that the option to erase the medium is only effective for the 1st session and also that session-related information recording takes some space out (20 to 30 MB) for each session, so the “real data” storage space will actually be less than the medium's size.
The last wizard step
shows a summary of the configuration parameters. Use the
button to change any parameter you are
not satisfied with. Click on to store them
drakbackup.conf profile. The backup set is now
ready to be performed.
You can choose → from the menu and provide a profile name to store the current backup settings within a named backup profile. You can then run the configuration wizard again, define other settings and store them under a different profile.
If the backup set size exceeds the medium's available capacity, the backup operation might just fail. This is a known issue and it's being worked on. As a work-around, please try to remove files from the backup set so its size never exceeds the medium's available capacity.
A dialog will display the current progress of the operation. Please be patient: the time it takes to back up depends on many factors such as the size of the backup file set, the speed of the storage option selected, and so on. Once the operation is finished a report is shown: look for possible errors in it and take corrective measures if required.
Make sure the media you want to restore the backup from is accessible and ready and click on the button. In our example we restore the whole backup so on the restore dialog (Figure 5.17, “Choosing the Restore Type to Perform”) click on and then on the button to start the restoration process.
In the tool's main window, click on and then on the button. In the backup scheduling window (see Figure 5.18, “Daemon Options Window”) select Use daemon to define the schedule.
You are then asked to specify the interval (or period) between each backup operation and the storage media. In our example we set up a customized calendar (custom period selected) to perform a backup from Wednesday to Friday at a quarter to midnight and store it on CD, using the Default backup profile. Press the button to schedule the backup operation.
Click on and then on the button to set more backup options (see Figure 5.19, “Miscellaneous Options Window”).
You can exclude
certain files from the backup. The
.backupignore file should be present in the top
directory of the backup file set; if you want to exclude some files
on subdirectories, you have to name them explicitly. Its syntax is
very simple: a one-file-per-line list of the names of the files to
You can use the
Enter the mail
address to which a report of the operation will be sent. You can
specify several mail addresses by separating each with a comma (
,). Please also complete the Return
address for sent mail field with the email address of the
backups administrator, and the SMTP server for
mail field with the name or IP address
of the outgoing mail server.