The First stage of the backup strategy is to have a full clean backup of the web server content, including emails.
This creates a rather large file (around 16GB), that take about 10 hours to be created, therefore you don’t want to do this every day. This file will be kept in addition of the monthly backups
The current plan is to have these dumped in the local /backups/full directory once a month and then rsync it to the backup server (I haven’t yet decided which one).
These backups are performed via a Plesk root scheduled cron and the Perl script invoked handles the database sanitation and backup on the fly. The Perl script is stored within the sharpnet private area so it’s self contained and will work out of the box in case of a restore…