There are two kinds of administrators: those who read the manuals before installing a new piece of software, and those who don't. With Amanda Enterprise, the second approach often works: the Zmanda defaults assume the most common OS and device configurations, and once installed correctly, backups are very easy to schedule and monitor.
But as with any client/server application that interacts with different programs running on multiple OS platforms, these assumptions can not be correct in all cases. So if you are the type that doesn't read the manual, come back to this page in case you do run into problems.
Almost all failed installations or problems with backups fall into two categories:
To avoid these problems, read the Amanda Enterprise 3.3 system requirements.
If you intend to run the Amanda Enterprise backup server (referred to as the Amanda server) on the same machine as the file systems being backed up, this is simple: just choose the appropriate binary distribution from the Zmanda network downloads page, install 3.3.x using the Rapid Installer *run file, then download and install the license key. If you intend to run an Amanda server to back up one or more remote hosts, multiple installations on the remote hosts are required.
These procedures are detailed in Downloading and Installing Amanda Enterprise Components.
Comprehensive and detailed manuals cover both the GUI console (called the Zmanda Console Manager or ZMC) and command line interfaces to Amanda Enterprise. The man pages are also installed along with the Amanda server.
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