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    My company is currently running the Network edition 5.0.16. I want to know what I need to make a recoverable backup. i can supply a second server with the same os and version of zimbra.

    I currently have nightly rsyncs making an off site backup of /opt/zimbra/backup

    If i lose my current server will i be able to restore everything with just /backup or will I need other files and directories?

    also when i restore from backups do i need to install zimbra with the same passwords and hostnames or can i do ./install -s to install from a backup?

    i've read the wikis on restoring and migrating but have not found the answers to what i'm trying to do. any input would be greatly appreciated.

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    We do it the same way (syncing /opt/zimbra/backup) and had to do disaster recovery twice.
    It works, you don't need anything else.
    Just be sure to use the same passwords, note them somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iway View Post
    We do it the same way (syncing /opt/zimbra/backup) and had to do disaster recovery twice.
    It works, you don't need anything else.
    Just be sure to use the same passwords, note them somewhere.
    Do i install zimbra with the same passwords in the config or do I make a /opt/zimbra/backup drop the backup in there then install?

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    We installed it first, then sync the backup directory into there.

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    thanks, I'll be testing this today, hope all goes well

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    To make the disaster recovery process a little more conforming, you may also want to do things like back up /opt/zimbra/conf, your SSL certificates, and some of the log files Zimbra deposits in /tmp.

    Not all of that is needed, but...

    Hope that helps,
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    Is there a way to install zimbra on the backup server using the conf on the running server? I have passwords to the current server but i didn't isntall it so i don't know exactly what in the install got changed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adriandurden View Post
    Is there a way to install zimbra on the backup server using the conf on the running server? I have passwords to the current server but i didn't isntall it so i don't know exactly what in the install got changed.
    Perhaps these will help:

    Network Edition Disaster Recovery - Zimbra :: Wiki
    Ajcody-Disaster-Recovery-Specific-Notes - Zimbra :: Wiki
    Ajcody-Notes-Multi-Server-Restore-DR - Zimbra :: Wiki
    5.0.x Network Edition Backup and Restore - Zimbra :: Wiki

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