Incremental Backups



  • Hi all,

    Forgive my ignorance as I’m new to Fog, and after to looking at wiki and searching forum I couldn’t find an answer to this.

    Does FOG always create an fresh full image of a system, or can it create an incremental backup?

    If only a full image, then I imagine this would take a very log time on some of our machines: meaning that it would not be feasible to run this daily. In which case can I ask some more experienced members than I what backup strategies they employ in combinations with FOG? I have PC’s backing up data with BackupPC but would really like a bare-metal recovery solution - thus why I’m looking at FOG. However running both in parallel would require twice as much storage space so that is not really desirable. And so I’m wondering how others handle things.

    Thanks for any thoughts you may have!



  • you can also find some information here [url]http://www.vernalex.com/guides/sysprep/video.shtml[/url]
    for creating universal images which can be used to deploy to machines which vary in configs.



  • Good to hear. Centralizing all/most of the user data is key to getting them back up and running when their systems fail. If you’re able to get that aspect of the situation under control, it will take a fraction of the time to get them back up and running…Even if you do end up with 10 different images for 10 machines.



  • Thanks for your replies. Unfortunately the systems I’m working with consists of a mish-mash of models and setups. I was hoping to use fog as a short term solution to imaging these and quickly recovering from a hard disk failure (currently have to rebuild desktops manually and then restore data) but without an investment in extra storage space. However, I can see that I’m going to have to re-think matters somewhat and take a longer term view to simply “get things done right”. I still think fog will be part of that -in terms of deploying desktop images, and making better use of network storage. Thanks again for your comments.



  • Hello Charlie!

    FOG is not designed to be used for incremental backups. I would approach the situate thusly: Having a standardized image (universal, or one for each model) that is deployed to your workstations, and all user data stored within a network location which is backed up.



  • as far as i know fog doesnot allow increamental backup.
    and fog is not a backup solution. it is a deploment solution which is used to deploy images to one or multiple computers.
    so storing backup image for each an every computer each day(if that is what you want to do) is not the area where fog shines.


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