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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-30-2019, 01:02 PM - Thread Starter
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Centralized Backup System on Linux platform

Hello,
one my future project is moving from the current Synology-based home network to a more powerful infrastructure based on a Linux OS (most likely CentOS).
I am still uncertain whether leaving a Synology eco-system or not. I am evaluting different aspects and of the most important I wanna analyze is the centralized backup system. Currently, I run a very powerful app (Active Backup for Business) on my Synology which has many premium options:

- Backup types: Bare metal (or) Windows disk partitions (or) single folders;
- Backup targets: physical machines or virtual machines.
- Data deduplication;
- Fast recovery by disk sector, even on a bare metal environment;
- Boot manager recovery application for reinstalling an image of OS System from scratch.

Does it exist on Linux platform a software with those kinda options? One key aspect for me is not only the ability to recover files or folder, but the entire machine at the state previously backupped.
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Seems like it would be worth it to check out FreeNAS.
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I don't know the details behind Synology's Active backup for Business; haven't used it before. I have used Synology and Xpenology stuff before for some clients. That being said, Synology is mostly Linux based under the hood, and many of their "applications" are simply Linux open source projects that they've bundled neatly together with a UI element within their "ecosystem"... so, that usually means, whatever they are offering, there is probably an open source equivalent to accomplish the same thing. But, what is different is that they've packaged up those solutions in a very nice and neat manner with a simple UI to make it easy to use. If you find out what open source project they are using in the backend, it many cases you can still accomplish the same technical requirements, but require a lot of work to get it working right for you. Generally speaking, that's the trade off going from "synology ecosystem" to "Linux" solutions... the technical requirements are usually achievable both ways, but unless you're Linux savvy and comfortable reading How-To guides, man pages, technical docs to figure out how to get the open source solution to work for you, it can be a lot of work. This is coming from a guy who has worked on Linux servers for over 20 yrs.... in fact, I run my own CentOS 7 servers and do a lot of the things you mention and more, but i've been doing this type of stuff, implementing open source solutions for businesses for a long time.

BTW, what is the motive to leave Synology? (since it sounds like it works for you?...)
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FreeNAS hits all those marks. And ZFS is arguably the best multi-drive file system you can get. FreeNAS is built on FreeBSD, so super stable. There are lots of plugins that are run in jails. Plus you can spin up your own jails for what ever you may need. I have my Unifi controller, Plex, and Syncthing all running on my FreeNAS box. Works well. Have never had a single issue that was not my own doing.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Prophet4NO1 View Post
FreeNAS hits all those marks. And ZFS is arguably the best multi-drive file system you can get. FreeNAS is built on FreeBSD, so super stable. There are lots of plugins that are run in jails. Plus you can spin up your own jails for what ever you may need. I have my Unifi controller, Plex, and Syncthing all running on my FreeNAS box. Works well. Have never had a single issue that was not my own doing.

I cannot understand your reply, so I try to be clearer: Has FreeNAS a plug-in or an application that allow to manage centralization backup of clients with smart features like those one in active backup for business?



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Quote: Originally Posted by BLinux View Post
What is the motive to leave Synology? (since it sounds like it works for you?...)
They are systems a little bit limited in terms of CPU, RAM and so. What about if I would need to upgrade RAM beyond 16 GB to manage more VMs? I cannot. I upgraded from 8 to 16, but now I have no more upgrade actions. My NAS has a cheap Intel CPU of only 4 cores...




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VM's off your Synology NAS? Build an ESXi hypervisor box and offload your VM's to something really built for it.

Sounds like your Synology setup is doing a proprietary task that you quite like, and it is doing it well. You'd probably be best served getting the load other than that particular task off of it. Asking your NAS to be a VM server always seemed like a bad idea to me... with the exception of content servers running that need direct mounted access to content on the NAS, like Plex.

Doesn't mean you shouldn't look into FreeNAS and maybe some 3rd party plugins for it that may do what your asking, or make your own home brew version of it though.

Maybe even leave the synology handling the task you like it for, and using some of the other options here to augment it.

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Quote: Originally Posted by R99photography View Post
I cannot understand your reply, so I try to be clearer: Has FreeNAS a plug-in or an application that allow to manage centralization backup of clients with smart features like those one in active backup for business?



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There are several ways to backup just about anything. Rsync is built into the OS. Syncthing is what I use. It is a simple plugin. And you can spin up anything you want in a jail. Jails are sort of like Docker containers. Not a full VM. You can spin up a VM's in FreeNAS with its built-in hypervisor, but there are far superior options out there.
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