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I am looking for a way to automatically archive the whole kaboodle ready for me to download overnight as a back up, (The sites are mainly small, and I have cable modem so I think I should be able to do this relatively quickly).
My main reason for doing this, rather than (or in addition to ) the back up services offered by the server management company, is just extra security.
If they screw up, I go bust! therefore 'Belt and Braces' needed.
I don't know too much about *nix, but can do simple stuff on the server via Webmin and Plesk.
I would appreciate the advice of those better qualified in this area (that means almost everyone on the forum, I suspect!)
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TAR may be the way to go. TAR is "tape archiver," it's a compression program similar to Winzip for M$ machines. A copy of the user manual is at [gnu.org...] Go tar everything into one big file and download it!
I already have backups in the form of the original web sites.
My main worry was the time it would take to re-post the lot - and more worryingly the time to re-configure the Server.
I think I can probably TAR all the files and backup the config files from Plesk.
Scares the hell out of me though - I mean, how do you test that you did it right?
First time you get a chance to test it is when the server gets wiped - not a good time to find I missed a relevant config file!
I suppose its still better than not having a backup at all.
Is there anyone out there with experience of backing up Plesk config files?