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What's the best way to create an 'archival' backup?

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Hi all,

I am tasked to decommission a server and I want to make a backup for archival purposes. In this case, I want to make a full backup for an Ubuntu Linux 16.04LTS server and keep it for 1 year using Acronis Cyber Backup.

I appreciate all your comments, trying to learn from your experience. Thanks in advance!


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Hi Leonardo!

I prefer to use acrocmd to do one-shot backups. Feels a smoother experience than creating a plan specifically for that one scenario which I then would delete anyway. I make the backup to a simple network share, so I can just delete backups on the file level if I wish, but can still browse the contents of the archived backups through the backup console.

You'll have to delete it yourself in a year, as a retention plan wouldn't delete the last backup. It could probably serve as a reminder though.

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Hello Leonardo,

Welcome to Acronis forums!

I would recommend Acronis Cyber Backup 12.5 for Linux servers if you'd need to regularly backing up and protecting your server for 1 year.

If you need to perform a one-time backup operation and you already have Acronis Cyber Backup 12.5 license, then backing up this server with Acronis Bootable Media (a Linux-based one) would be a good option. A Linux-based Acronis Bootable Media could be created with any license of Acronis Cyber Backup 12.5. However, this media does not support devices that use closed-source kernel modules. For devices of this type and others that are not detected by bootable media, please create Acronis Bootable Media as instructed in this KB article:

Once you create Acronis Bootable Media, you can boot your server with it and back up. You could also use this media for restoring files/folders from the backup. 

Otherwise, you can use a command-line utility for backup/restore as Peter has advised above.