Archive for April, 2010

Hi All,

this week I spent a little of my time to patch my backup script for AWS. Major change is a new plugin called remove_old_snapshots.

This script want to remove all snapshots of a specific volume. You can configure it in conf file (VOLUME_ID).

As you remember, that volume is used as destination of backups, so the circle is closed.

Ever in conf file, there’s a new variable N_BACKUP that contains the number of the days you want to keep snapshots saved. In my case, a server made a backup every day, so number of the days and number of backup is the same. The rule is: today-N_BACKUP is the date, before it snapshots are deleted.

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I hope you enjoy.


Hi All,

yesterday, a server of mine on AWS died without any apparently problem. Simply, it ends to respond on any port: panic!!

What’s happen? Why a server online since mid 2009 went down? How recover any data? Backup or else? How would it takes?

To make it short: after three reboot from panel nothing changes, so nothing but create a new server was the solution.

After detach the ip and terminte the zombie server, I started a new server, attached disk, update the packages of linux release, remapped some paths…. and the server is up and running!!!

All in 30 mins.


This is possible using EBS volumes that are persistent resources: mapping persistent folders on a EBS volume you can start and stop any server without loosing datas.

In my post AWS: a simple backup suite, I spent two words about what I mean with “persistent”. On AWS, if you use instance-store image (AMI), you know that root fs is not persisent across a shutdown, so you need to use a secondary disk (from EBS) to store any information you want to keep stored.

In that previous post I made an example with /srv but in reality I use parts of /etc, /var, /opt, and /home.

Unfortunatelly, you can forgot some folder or hope that a very stable system never goes down, but as this fact teachs, everything’ dies… servers too.

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