Mar 302014

It’s little things like this which improve the copying of backups to tape. Speed. Each of those Volumes are 5GB in size. The tape drive takes about about 2-4 minutes per 5GB to write it to tape. Between the end of IncrAuto-4150 and the end of IncrAuto-1455, the tape drive wrote 20GB in about 9 [...]

Mar 292014

This output is a Bacula btape test of the library mentioned in this post. $ sudo btape -c /usr/local/etc/bacula/bacula-sd.conf /dev/nsa0 /dev/nsa0 Tape block granularity is 1024 bytes. btape: butil.c:290 Using device: “/dev/nsa0″ for writing. btape: btape.c:477 open device “DTL03″ (/dev/nsa0): OK *test === Write, rewind, and re-read test === I’m going to write 10000 records [...]

Mar 232014

The current situation The tape library I am using now is a DLT-8000 with a 15-cartridge magazine. Until a few weeks ago, it’s been quite reliable. But now, the drive inside it is not performing well. It’s throwing drive faults and failing to write everything to the tape (i.e. what we read back is smaller [...]

Mar 122014

I’ve noticed that the smartd output has changed. It’s not parsing the results correctly. Security check: (output mailed separately) Checking for denied zone transfers (AXFR and IXFR): Scrubbing of zfs pools: skipping scrubbing of pool ‘system’: last scrubbing is 3 days ago, threshold is set to 7 days Backing up pkgng database: SMART status: Checking [...]

Jan 182014

This post has it all: backups deduplication snapshots ZFS Bacula ezjail Backups are essential for proper sanity, or at least, a reasonable facsimile. I strongly believe that doing backups right is the only way to backup. Go big or go home. I’ve been converting all my servers to ZFS. I like ZFS for many reasons, [...]