DragonFly users List (threaded) for 2009-02
Re: Hammer or ZFS based backup, encryption
Freddie Cash wrote:
On Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 10:39 AM, Csaba Henk <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I need to setup a backup machine, and I intend to utilize today's
snapshotty filesystems (which boils down to Dfly+Hammer or FBSD+ZFS --
btrfs is not there yet, and I don't feel like dwelving into Solaris).
Set up such an OS with such an fs, and backup by syncing to the
snapshotty fs and create a snapshot.
I wonder about the following things:
1) Any idea how does this approach scale related to more conventional solutions,
like rdiff-backup or dump(8)? I see the the pros, but are there any
cons? How effective is taking regular snapshots space-wise?
2) Is there any practical argument for choosing between Dfly+Hammer and
FBSD+ZFS? (Feel free to give biased answers :) )
3) I'd like to encrypt stuff, either at device or fs level. For
FreeBSD there is geli(8). I haven't found anything for DragonFly.
Is there any way to get at it on DragonFly?
We do this at work, using FreeBSD 7.1 and ZFS, for backing up over 80
remote Linux and FreeBSD servers, and 1 Windows station. We have two
servers, one that does the backups every night, and another that
mirrors the backups during the day.
*trimmed* (description of a quite decent ZFS approach)
After the initial rsync of a server, which can take several days as it
can easily max out an ADSL link's upload bandwidth, the daily run
takes about 6 hours, most of which is waiting for rsync to generate
the file listing.
But there we are, Startup 'seeding; is unavidable, but thereafter ...
among other things, looking to reduce the reliance on rsync (and similar
CVS'ish or git'ish techniques) having to 'inventory' stuff at a high
per-file level that a 'hammer mirror-stream' (or GMIRROR to networked
RAID) could do 'as you go along' at a lower level - closer to the actual
blocks as they are being written.
How, and how well, would ZFS handle redundant pools on separate sites?
And can that be a streaming process - even if that means the redundancy
target is r/o for 'the duration', as a hammer slave would be?