See IT Policy: Backups for further information about the backup policies of the school.

Server Backup Schedules

The information about backups being performed by the SICE systems staff are available using the following reports:

* [Backup Report For All Systems|https://help.soic.indiana.edu/hwdb/search.php?searchstring=&outputtype=html&matchtype=substring&include_location=all_but_surplus&include_all_status=no&include_in_use=yes&include_all_types=yes&search_all_fields=yes&orderby=name&orderby2=homeloan_date&backupreport=yes]
* [Backup Report Only For Systems With You Listed As The Contact|https://help.soic.indiana.edu/hwdb/search.php?searchstring=_USERNAME_&outputtype=html&matchtype=substring&include_location=all_but_surplus&include_all_status=no&include_in_use=yes&include_all_types=yes&search_all_fields=no&search_contacts=yes&orderby=name&orderby2=homeloan_date&backupreport=yes]

PLEASE NOTE : Systems not listed in the All Servers report are NOT being backed up by the systems staff.

Footnotes From The Above Backup Reports:


  1. The SVN repository is dumped using 'svnadmin hotcopy' and the resulting dump is backed up
  2. The mysql database is dumped using 'mysqldump' and the resulting dump is backed up
  3. The postgres database is dumped using 'pg_dumpall' and the resulting dump is backed up

Backup Methods


Commvault-AllDisks -  Commvault is the standard backup system used for Virtual Machines (VMs) in the UITS Intelligent Infrastructure system.  VMs using this Commvault-ALLDisks backup method have all virtual disks associated with a VM backed up nightly.  Backups are kept for 14 days only.  These backups also allow rollback of the VM to the snapshot for any day during this 14 day window which provides disaster recovery should something go terribly wrong.


Commvault-OSDisk -  Commvault is the standard backup system used for Virtual Machines (VMs) in the UITS Intelligent Infrastructure system.  VMs using this Commvault-OSDisk backup method have only the OS/Boot disk backed up and these backups are only done weekly.  Backups are kept for 14 days only and no virtual disks other than the OS/Boot disk are backed up.  These backups are intended to be for Disaster Recovery only for the OS/Boot disk.  VMs needing nightly backups of all virtual disks will need to use the Commvault-ALLDisks backup method.


KVM-Snapshot -Virtual Machines (VMs) running on the SoIC KVM servers can be backed up to the IU Scholarly Data Archive (SDA) using a snapshot mechanism.  This involves 1) shutting the VM down, 2) pushing a copy of the VM disk image to the SDA, and 3) bringing the VM back up.  There will be significant downtime involved so this method is only suited for periodic disaster recovery backups.


SDA - The Scholarly Data Archive (SDA) (formerly MDSS) provides an effective way to archive important data. Backups utilizing SDA are performed using tar run via cron jobs with the data automatically pushed to the SDA. Data on the SDA is replicated between Bloomington and Indianapolis locations, providing automatic replication and offsite storage.  SDA backups can be periodic full backups or incrementals following an industry standard GFS (Grandfather, Father, Son) backup strategy.

ILS-SDA - ILS uses an industry standard GFS (Grandfather, Father, Son) backup strategy.  The primary NFS servers use UITS-HSI to backup to the Scholarly Data Archive (SDA) (formerly MDSS)   Backups are optimized to detect if the file structure has been updated since the last backup (date-time or size).  The SDA backup storage area is reviewed (programmatically) to maintain one yearly backup, three monthly backups, and one weekly backup.  Other systems do selective backups, based on there function, of the important configuration information needed to rebuild the server.  This selective backup is copied to the NFS server.

ILS-Amanda - ILS uses amanda (Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver) to create on-site backups for "data deemed not critical to the operation of the school".  Amanda schedules backups based on a seven day backup cycle and tape availability.  

Custom Backups

This table shows the systems with backups being performed in some unusual way. Please see the above reports for the standard backups being performed.

Server

OS

Primary Function

Data Backed Up

Method

Schedule

Retention Window

None at this time      



Backup Verification

Each backup method will be verified by performing representative test restores per the following schedule:

Backup MethodVerification FrequencyLast Verification DateVerified By
CommvaultMonthly2018-11-13robh
SDAMonthly2018-11-13robh
ILS-SDAAnnually2018-08-01gallantm
ILS-AmandaAnnually2018-08-01gallantm

Stakeholder Verification

Per IT Policy: Backups, stakeholders will be contacted by annually to review backup schedules and the approvals will be tracked in the following table.

StakeholderLast Stakeholder Notification
(Date/Notified by)
Last Verification
(Date/Verified by)
bfrische2018-062018-06/robh
ccshan2018-062018-06/robh
connelly2018-062018-06/robh
dingying2018-062018-06/robh
djcran2018-062018-06/robh
djwild2018-062018-06/robh
elef2018-062018-06/robh
fengqian2018-062018-06/robh
fil2018-062018-06/robh
filiradi2018-062018-06/robh
gasser2018-062018-06/robh
geobrown2018-062018-06/robh
glazier2018-062018-06/robh
hatang2018-062018-06/robh
itg2018-06/robh
2018-06/lacrohn
2018-06/gallantm
2018-06/robh
2018-06/lacrohn
2018-06/gallantm
jawalsh2018-062018-06/gallantm
jbollen2018-062018-06/robh
kapadia2018-062018-06/robh
katy2018-062018-06/gallantm
ljcamp2018-062018-06/robh
lukefahr2018-062018-06/robh
mhottell2018-062018-06/robh
mschabin2018-062018-06/robh
natarasr2018-062018-06/robh
normsu2018-062018-06/robh
patshih2018-062018-06/gallantm
plale/yuma2018-062018-06/robh
predrag2018-062018-06/robh
qzhangcs2018-062018-06/robh
rawlins2018-062018-06/robh
rcwhaley2018-062018-06/robh
rocha2018-062018-06/robh
rrnewton2018-062018-06/robh
samth2018-062018-06/robh
sdedeo2018-062018-06/robh
selmas2018-062018-06/robh
somogyie2018-062018-06/robh
swany2018-062018-06/robh
vbrendel2018-062018-06/robh
williads2018-062018-06/robh
xw72018-062018-06/robh
yyahn2018-062018-06/robh
yye2018-062018-06/robh