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Is anyone using Bacula as your hard drive based back-up system and if so how do you like it? 

 

 

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Is anyone backing up mail and calendar?  If so, what are you using and are you happy with it?

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Jean Tagliamonte 
Vassar College 
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We are not backing up email. We do client backups so if a user uses an email client, a local copy gets backed up.

We are creating our own program to regularly backup user's calendars to ics files. This is in testing stage now.

Rurik

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Rurik Spence          
rlspence@colby.edu
Director of Personal Computer Support Services
Information Technology Services
Colby College
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We have a similar program to back up all user calendars (and shared calendars) to ics files nightly.

I can share the source code if you would like.

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From: "Rurik Spence" <rlspence@COLBY.EDU>
To: <GOOGLEAPPS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Subject: [GOOGLEAPPS] Back-Up
Date: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 3:47 pm


We are not backing up email. We do client backups so if a user uses an email client, a local copy gets backed up.

We are creating our own program to regularly backup user's calendars to ics files. This is in testing stage now.

Rurik

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Rurik Spence          
rlspence@colby.edu
Director of Personal Computer Support Services
Information Technology Services
Colby College
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Message from thiggins@fandm.edu

Has anyone looked at a commercial solution for backup?  During my search I found. http://spanning.com  It seems very comprehensive  - mail, calendar, contacts and docs.  It might not be cost effective to back everyone up this way depending on the number of users you support (they were able to provide me with educational pricing), but I like the idea of a backup I can manage centrally.

Regards,

Todd



There's also cloud ally, backupify, etc. Most use Amazon S3. Some charge by user, others by space used. 

Notably, the Google DocsList API loses document fidelity when downloading. So, unless these vendors are using a secret API, you are SOL. This is most of concern with drawings which come down as PDF or jpeg. But even spreadsheets and other stuff exported in Office formats will lose google-only functions like =Filter(), app scripts, etc. You'll have the content, but not in a form that can be restored into Google Apps without losing functionality. Actually, I may be wrong on spreadsheets as the spreadsheets API let's you walk the entire sheet but I don't think there is a similar API for drawings and docs. Somebody tell me I'm wrong, please!

Mail and calendar are easy as they are standards. The same for contacts I think. 

And don't forget the metadata: mail filters, sharing ACLs, etc. All available via the APIs.

Check out GAM and GYB for open source tools written in Python (as a starting point and great examples) if you want to backup on-prem.

I encourage those who've written tools (I noticed several schools doing calendar backups) to share them on sourceforge or code.google or wherever.  
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On Dec 8, 2011, at 8:35 AM, Todd Higgins <thiggins@fandm.edu> wrote:

Has anyone looked at a commercial solution for backup?  During my search I found. http://spanning.com  It seems very comprehensive  - mail, calendar, contacts and docs.  It might not be cost effective to back everyone up this way depending on the number of users you support (they were able to provide me with educational pricing), but I like the idea of a backup I can manage centrally.

Regards,

Todd



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