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Unix Backup & Recovery provides a complete overview of all facets of Unix backup and recovery, and offers practical, affordable backup and recovery solutions for environments of all sizes and budgets. The book begins with detailed explanations of the native backup utilities available to the Unix administrator, and ends with practical advice on choosing a commercial backup utility. This book:

  • Describes the features, limitations, and syntax of Unix backup and restore utilities,(including dump, tar, cpio, dd, GNUtar, and GNUcpio) for many popular versions of Unix, including AIX, Compaq Unix, HP-UX, IRIX, SCO, Solaris, and Linux

  • Provides instructions for installing and configuring freely available backup systems such as AMANDA

  • Includes ready-to-run shell scripts that automate live backups of Informix, Oracle, and Sybase databases

  • Presents step-by-step recovery procedures for Oracle, Informix, and Sybase

  • Presents step-by-step "bare-metal" disaster recovery procedures for AIX, Compaq Unix, HP-UX, IRIX, Solaris, and Linux

  • Describes the design of "disaster recovery" and "highly available" systems

  • Provides guidance on choosing a commercial backup and recovery system

  • Describes the features and limitations of backup hardware

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