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Is it possible to perform a selective system backup without data to test upgrade

Offline sages

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Just pondering upgrade scenarios from 9.x to 10.
Is it possible to perform a selective backup on a running 9.2 system that includes all of the configuration and folders but doesn't include the content of the folders. Intent is it allow a rapid test of a restore to a 10.x server without having to wait for a couple of TB of file data to be saved then restored, just the config.
Even with an existing tested backup system in place there is a degree of doubt that Murphy and his legal team will arrive at some stage during an upgrade. Even more so if partial hardware updates are performed during the process making a fall back difficult. Utopia would be another system to migrate to but circumstances make this only partially possible.
I have access to a proxmox setup but it has less storage capacity than my current 9.2 system so a full restore during a test isn't currently possible.
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Offline sages

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Thinking after I typed the above.  :sad: Just excluding the folders with data in them from the backup should give me what I am after for a workstation backup. Is there any similar ability in a USB console backup to exclude folders?
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Offline sages

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 :shock: OK, I've just RTFM here https://wiki.contribs.org/Backup_server_config seems to have answered my questions. Unless someone has any better suggestions.
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Online TerryF

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:-) thats all I would have offered :-)

config the exclude you can then use either workstation using dar or console, workstation to desktop results in a tgz same as the console

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Online TerryF

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and just to be sure, you need to have done updates of e-smith-backup and e-smith-mysql so as to ensure a working system

so not able to do a restore on the install of sme10 when asked for a backup
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Offline sages

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Noted thanks.
Still waiting for the bits to arrive for the upgrade, so still planning.
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Offline brianr

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Another option is to use the Lazy Admin tools:

https://wiki.contribs.org/Lazy_Admin_Tools

Thats how I moved my Server from 9.2 to 10. You can use rsync to copy the data or not as the case maybe.
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Offline Jean-Philippe Pialasse

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from memory inclusion and exclusion for console backup have not made it to sme9

starting sme10 the backup on the console can also be customized.