mini-review: Backup & Recovery

Hakim Cassimally hakim.cassimally at
Tue May 15 18:58:55 BST 2007

That seems worth publishing to site too, with disclosure,


On 15/05/07, David Cantrell <david at> wrote:
> I won't be putting this on the web site, cos it's too short and can
> hardly be said to be unbiased, but ...
> Title:     Backup & Recovery
> ISBN:      0-596-10246-1
> Author:    Curtis Preston
> Publisher: O'Reilly
> I contributed part of a chapter to this book, and so I got a free copy.
> I was expecting to take it home, put it on the shelf, and never use it.
> Today, less than 48 hours after getting the book in the post, I had to
> use it.  The thoughtful comments and excellent description of how dump/
> restore work prevented me from looking like a complete tit on a public
> mailing list.  I therefore recommend this book.
> More seriously, it does look jolly good, covering just about all the
> backupish stuff that I've heard of and lots that I haven't.  But more
> importantly, it devotes lots of space to *restoring* your backups -
> complete with step-by-step instructions for "bare metal" recovery - and
> talks about things to do when your backups are broken.
> And it covers things that lots of admins don't like to think about, like
> Exchange and MySQL (and other databases; judging from a quick skim of the
> Oracle section I expect the coverage to be good).
> Buy a copy of this book for your friendly local sysadmin.  He will love
> you for ever.
> --
> David Cantrell | A machine for turning tea into grumpiness
> One person can change the world, but most of the time they shouldn't
>     -- Marge Simpson

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