TurnKey Linux Virtual Appliance Library

Backing up Zimbra

bruce_1's picture

Hi all,

First, a huge thank you to everyone working on this project!  Since Zimbra doesn't support TKLBAM, what are people using to back up their Zimbra VM's with?  Currently, I am using Microlite Backup Edge, but was wondering what others are doing.

Of course the ultimate backup would be to use TKLBAM, but that probably wont be possible until the next Zimbra appliance is released.  

Thanks again,


Jeremy Davis's picture

I don't use Zimbra

I did consider using it for the small non-profit I work for, but we ended up going with Google Apps free version. It acheives our ends and you can't beat the price! Obviously that's not going to work for everyone though.

As for Zimbra backups, I don't see any reason why you couldn't still install and use Duplicity (the backend for TKLBAM). Although it will take a little configuring I'm sure. I imagine part of the process would be to have a hook script to dump your database prior to backup. Ultimately it would acheive the same ends as TKLBAM although not quite as neatly and automagically and would require a bit of work setting up and testing until you have something you are happy with and works as expected. The plus side of that though is that if you got it all working sweet, you could share this info with the TKL core devs and that may assist pushing forward TKLBAM support for the Zimbra appliance.

Another possibility would be to install Zimbra over an LVM. Seeing as the TKL Zimbra appliance is a legacy one (ie based on Ubuntu 8.04/Hardy) it doesn't support LVM OOTB AFAIK and I'm not sure how you'd go getting it to install like that (I imagine it would be possible but not sure how - google may have some ideas though). Once running on LVM though, you can relatively easily (or so I've read) take snapshots of a running filesystem from within your appliance (no need for 3rd party tools such as Acronis).

Guest's picture

Zimbra on the cloud

I was wondering if the Zimbra Appliance would work in the Amazon cloud

Jeremy Davis's picture

Yes but it is only available as a legacy appliance

So when you are logged into the hub and selecting your appliance, look for the link towards the top right which says something like 'legacy appliances' (or similar) - you should find it in there.

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