Bare-metal server restore using tar
"The backup script uses tar. It doesn't compress the backups using software, because they're compressed by the tape drive. While there are plenty of fancy backup systems available, both open source and commercial, I rely on the simple, tried-and-true GNU version of tar. It gives me a backup system that is easy to understand and use. The administrators of non-Linux servers at my site use an expensive, name-brand commercial backup system, but their backups are not nearly as reliable. On the other hand, tar does not offer some of the advanced features that some environments may need."
(Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 23, 2005 )
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