Backup strategy for large mailbox stores

Vincent Fox vbfox at
Mon Feb 15 15:43:26 EST 2010

John Madden wrote:
> We did quite a bit with snapshots (LVM) to when we were experimenting 
> with block-level backups but there's a performance problem there -- we 
> were saturating GbE.  Snapshot doesn't really buy you anything in 
> terms of getting the data to tape.
We run the tape backup from previous night snapshot, that way we know it's a
read-only copy and nothing in flight.  All of our usage so far has been 
"I deleted
all my mail 2 days ago" and we retrieve that from snapshots.  For our 
purposes nobody interacts with the tape except we know it's there for DR.

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