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Amanda Network Backup - Open Source & Popular Backup solution

Written By mediana saputra on Friday, 11 January 2013 | 12:01

Amanda is the most popular Backup and Archiving software that protects multiple machines running various versions of Linux, UNIX and Microsoft Windows operating systems. It supports tapes, disks, optical media and changers.

  • Centralized backups of systems on a network
  • Intelligent backup scheduler
  • Open formats for backup archives
  • Backup Linux, Solaris, Windows, OS X, and most UNIX platforms
  • Backup to Disk, Tapes, Tape Libraries/Changers or Storage Clouds
  • Optional Compression and Encryption Built-in
AMANDA, the Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver, is a backup solution that allows the IT administrator to set up a single master backup server to back up multiple hosts over network to tape drives/changers or disks or optical media. Amanda uses native utilities and formats (e.g. dump and/or GNU tar) and can back up a large number of servers and workstations running multiple versions of Linux or Unix. Amanda uses a native Windows client to back up Microsoft Windows desktops and servers.
The most recent stable release is version 3.3.3, released on January 10, 2013.
The latest release in the 3.2.x series is 3.2.3, released on May 9, 2011. It is a bug fix release for version 3.2.2.
The latest release in the 3.1.x series is 3.1.3, released on October 5, 2010. It is a security release for version 3.1.2.
Amanda-3.1.2 has a known security vulnerability, and all users should upgrade to Amanda-3.1.3 as soon as possible. See the security alert.

Release Notes for 3.3.3:

  • amdump.X log files use timestamp instead of number, amdump and amdump.1 are maintained as symlink.
  • chg-disk
    • Use the changerfile for the statefile.
  • s3 device
    • Support CASTOR storage
  • amanda.conf
  • amfetchdump
    • New --extract, --directory, --data-path and --application-property arguments. It allow to do the extraction on the server.
  • --exact-match argument to many command, and '=' prefix to expression.
    • It diable use of expression for host, disk, level and datestamp on command line argument.
  • All changer scripts.
    • Add LOCK-TIMEOUT property.
  • Many bug fix

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