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A simple backup client for the NSF

It is difficult to find any / affordable backup software for Domino in the SMB space. A simple backup tool to take a copy of a running NSF would be very useful. There are some opensource projects but they are not robust enough.

A simple solution would help customers to retain Notes / Domino.

OpenNTF projects

https://www.openntf.org/main.nsf/project.xsp?r=project/kNBackup

https://www.openntf.org/main.nsf/project.xsp?r=project/DomBackup

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    Guest commented
    24 Jul 08:22

    I use DomBackup on Linux and Windows and it is in general very stable. Though some of the versions are not as "good" as others...   I have an agent which afterwards moves the backed up NSF and changed DAOS files to a FTP server. That is one way of doing it, but a more official IBM/HCL backup tool would be welcomed

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    24 Jul 08:32

    I have struggled with DomBackup ( Linux 64 bit ) and not found it to be stable. Ulrich has been very responsive but something like this needs to be a core part of the product. Sean

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    24 Jul 12:19

    simple approach: setup a workstation and let it pull replicas of all DBs, that you want to "backup".

    or: use a secondary Domino server to create "backup copies" of your DBs and keep them in synch.

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    24 Jul 15:25

    Re using dedicated backup clients / additional servers : agreed for a simple shop but we pay for each of our servers and as a SaaS solutions provider having a dedicated backup pc ( virtual or real ) per customer doesn't scale well.

    On the plus side using a dedicated client does provide an element of continuous backup rather than just backing up to a fixed point in the day.

    If HCL / IBM is serious about Domino as an App Dev platform they need to get rid of the need for these kludges.

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    24 Jul 16:07

    It's a mess that IBM doesn't re enforce their partnership with other software vendors about backup, antivirus, natives third party applications and so on!
    THAT's the real objective for HCL, and not to implement all fonctionnalities in Notes/Domino!

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    28 Jul 14:09

    We have been using Veritas Symantec but they have dropped support for the newer versions

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    Guest commented
    06 Aug 14:31

    Maybe work with backup solution providers.  Veritas quit supporting notes a few versions ago so now we have to look for a whole new backup solution.  Too small of a company to go for two backup solutions to accomdate Notes files.  

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    24 Aug 15:25

    We are a small shop.  We use Acronis Backup.  It allows pre/post snapshots commands.  We use those commands to shut down Domino before the snapshot and restart after.  Backups are done at 3:00 AM.  Been working okay for the 6 months or so that we've been using Acronis.

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    28 Aug 23:40

    We use VMware ESXi Essentials Plus, so we use one of the VM backup solutions. Since it gives us the ability to restore the whole server, or one file (e.g. NSF), it has satisfied our backup-restore needs. Veeam and another one of their competitors do have inexpensive / free versions, but in that space, even the small SMB has multiple TBs of data which is beyond the free "appliance" limits. It's frustrating.