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Old 09-20-2010, 02:35 PM
Gerrard Geldenhuis
Default Recovery Strategy


As far as I can see the documentation does not make mention
of backups other than the userdb, netscapedb and dse.ldif.


With regards to the certificate databases and admin server
configuration is there any specific strategies, recommendations or readmade


I am looking at scenarios where we would lose a server
completely. I have considered two possible ways of recovering and would
appreciate any thoughts ,recommendations or warnings of peril.


Backup the following files:

tar :







Recovery method #1:

yum install 389-ds -y

untar all files and create directories.

use bak2db to restore databases

service dirsrv start


Recovery method #2:

Summary: Install software and “build from scratch”


Gory detail:

yum install 389-ds -y

setup-ds.pl -f settings.file -s

Copy *.db files back


create netscape root suffix

enable master replica for netscape root

re-initiate from other master

register-ds-admin -f setingsfile -s -u

There would be two ways of getting data back either be
re-populating from other databases or by restoring the backed up data using


I have not yet tested these methods so there might be omissions
in the steps above.


Best Regards




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