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  • Computer Chat Do The Backups: You've Been Warned!

    A blogging platform company just closed its doors after 6 years of successfully hosting thousands of user blogs.

    Reason: No off-site database backups! An angry ex-employee wiped up their servers in the blink of an eye by overwriting all their data, bearing it completely unrecoverable!

    Read the tragedy:
    http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/01/03...any-deadpooled
    http://www.geek.com/articles/news/di...-wipe-2009015/
    http://lifehacker.com/5122848/hard-l...pace-wiped-out
    You're spending millions of dollars on a website?!

  • #2
    Offsite backups are quite important.
    It is quite difficult to do frequently when we're talking terabytes of data .. but for a company it is worth investing in someone who knows how to do this, and how to make incremental backups.

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    • #3
      Ouch! I learned that the hard way four years ago when a hacker used my server to do a DOS attack...on a governemnt web site!!!!!! Gah!!! Geting a call from the government is not good!!!
      Public Domain Content
      Amazon/Webmaster Services

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Floris View Post
        Offsite backups are quite important.
        It is quite difficult to do frequently when we're talking terabytes of data .. but for a company it is worth investing in someone who knows how to do this, and how to make incremental backups.
        I wouldn't say difficult as much as time consuming. Well, maybe difficult if there isn't a regiment taken with backing up, but I know a few of companies around here that do tape copies and send them off-site every other day or so.

        This site that got wiped did a stupid thing, actually. They were relying on a raid 1 setup to get them out of trouble, rather than an actual full backup. What would have happened if the building had caught on fire? The information would have been gone just the same.

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        • #5
          Just taking backups isn't enough - the most important process is the restore.

          Testing the data restore is worth trying when things are running good. The last thing you want to find out is that the backup is incomplete/missing dependencies/doesn't work, when your application(s) are on their knees and you need it. And that won't be known unless it's actually tested - in an exercise scenario.

          Sleeping well at night knowing backups are being done can be is a false sense of security, the sickening realisation that the data cannot be restored from your backups is just as bad as not doing them in the first place.

          Unfortunately I speak from past experience.
          HP DL-380 G6, 2x E5520, 28GB RAM, 4x300GB SAS, VMWare ESXi
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          • #6
            Backup the DB daily via cron, download it to local PC daily with a good FTP program using a scheduled task. Upload the DB daily to a different test server by the same method. Backed up DB stored in 3 places, completely automated. Idiot proof.
            ttttt

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            • #7
              Originally posted by kat00 View Post
              Backup the DB daily via cron, download it to local PC daily with a good FTP program using a scheduled task. Upload the DB daily to a different test server by the same method. Backed up DB stored in 3 places, completely automated. Idiot proof.
              Except in the cases where your DB have more than a few GB in size

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              • #8
                Why did an ex-employee still have rights? His rights to everything should have been terminated before the person in question was.

                If the person was fired and then told to clean out his desk, then that is not the way to do it either. Security should have escorted him out of the building first (that tells you that you are terminated), and then send his personal stuff to his home. This is how big companies let you know you are fired... just in case,

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