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Yet another backup script solution
Authored by: ChrisRyland on Jun 07, '06 08:09:42AM

Note that all of the known rsync's (including RsyncX) have various (some of them serious) flaws, which is not what you want to have in a backup program.

Because of this, I'd stronlgy recommend using SuperDuper! for all backup tasks. (It also has a "smart copy" mode that only copies changed files.)

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SuperDuper?
Authored by: rsnyder on Jun 07, '06 08:41:22AM

Does SuperDuper! offer command line toots? I use IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) and really value the CL interface. Setting up cron jobs makes it much more of a "set it and forget it" solution for me.

One of the things I do with my servers and some of my desktops is to have them back up using rdiff to a central server with an Xsan. This gives me near-line backup. Then I use TSM to run daily (hourly on some directories) backups of the near-line storage.

Would SuperDuper! fit in to that scenario? What would be the benefit of switching to SuperDuper!



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SuperDuper has scheduling built-in
Authored by: Krioni on Jun 07, '06 10:10:03AM

SuperDuper has scheduling built-in, so it sounds like it could work in your situation. The developer is also very responsive to questions/problems.

SuperDuper is definitely worth it.

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SuperDuper?
Authored by: luomat on Jun 07, '06 10:49:14AM
Does SuperDuper! offer command line toots? I use IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) and really value the CL interface. Setting up cron jobs makes it much more of a "set it and forget it" solution for me.

No, but it sounds like what you want is automation, and SuperDuper does have its own built in scheduling which works just fine (as long as you remember to have the drive connected, which is the only time it fails to work for me).

One of the things I do with my servers and some of my desktops is to have them back up using rdiff to a central server with an Xsan. This gives me near-line backup. Then I use TSM to run daily (hourly on some directories) backups of the near-line storage.

Would SuperDuper! fit in to that scenario? What would be the benefit of switching to SuperDuper!

SD's implementation is superior than cron because it is easier to use. However I think it will limit you to once a day backups.

However, the only maxim still applies: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. If your setup is working for you, why change it?

SD can automatically run scripts before and after it is run. I use one of these to unmount the drive before SD tells the computer to sleep.

I wrote this tip on how to implement that

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20060511125715782&lsrc=osxh



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SuperDuper?
Authored by: sjk on Jun 07, '06 03:56:28PM
SD's implementation is superior than cron because it is easier to use.
The SD! scheduler is a GUI for managing cron entries that run scheduled backups. So, it's not really superior to something it uses. :-)
However I think it will limit you to once a day backups.
You can schedule multiple backups per day.

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