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Backup Solution

I’ve been looking around for some time now for a suitable off-site backup solution.  The big thing I’ve been looking for is something that works on Linux, Mac and Windows.  It is rare to find a solution that works well on all three, and supports headless operation on Linux.

SpiderOak ( offers 2Gb of free storage with unlimited machines and then $10 per additional 100Gb per month.  I am currently testing out their free account on my Mac and it works well!  It features a nicely designed UI which is very intuitive and easy to use.

I have not had the chance to test the client on Windows or Linux yet but I’m very excited to see how well it is able to operate on Linux (headless).

But on a side note, they say on their website that they’ve contributed back to the open source community (See   I think that’s very cool!

So the conclusion is: I think this will satisfy my needs for a normal backup solution for important data (being documents and files).  I still have over 200Gbs of photos on my server which I’m not willing to pay $20/mo to store on a web-based service.  My plan for those files is just to take an external drive offsite each month (unless anyone wants to suggest a better idea!).

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Server Upgrades

If you don’t already know, I run a Xen Server at home.  The server is a 1.8Ghz Dual Core AMD Opteron Santa Ana w/ 4GB ECC ram.  It hosts several VMs including my fileserver (1.5 TB raid5).

This setup works great for me but I’ve always run into a problem trying to share my server with other people (giving my friends a vm) because root access is required to run the Xen VM management tools.  I recently discovered xen-shell, a utility which allows users to manage their own vms without root access.  Its a great little tool and works well so far!

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