FOSDEM 2017: The success of the Backup and Disaster Recovery Devroom

This year we co-organized the FOSDEM’17 Backup & Disaster Recovery Developer Room together with ReaR and BareOS projects.

Last year we attended FOSDEM’16 with a booth in the K building and this year we expected to have a booth again, shared with ReaR project, but it wasn’t accepted. We guess that having a Devroom was the point for the organization to give the chance to another project to be present with a booth. 

All DRLM team attended FOSDEM’17. On Friday morning we were leaving from Barcelona Airport and landed in Brussels around 15:00 P.M.

Still on Friday, in the evening, we were making the last adjustments to the DRLM Workshop before uploading the slides to the FOSDEM website, and after that, we didn’t miss the FOSDEM’17 Welcome Party held at the Delirium Café!

We were surprised that some people  were wearing DRLM project T-Shirts from last year! This was amazing for us! We enjoyed a few beers and met some friends there, but got back to the apartment soon because our Devroom schedule was on Saturday and we had to be at ULB Campus early to prepare the Devroom together with ReaR and BareOS guys.

On Saturday, at 9:30 A.M. we were at AW.121 room in ULB Campus to prepare all the stuff for the Workshop. It was a pleasure for us to co-organize the Devroom, being able to explain our project to the Open Source community and our first talk at FOSDEM exceeded our expectations.

 First talk was the DRLM Workshop, that gave us the opportunity to explain the project and to show how DRLM works to all people present in the room or those that were following the talk over the streaming platform. 

 

During the whole Saturday we were at the Devroom attending the other very interesting talks about ReaR, BareOS, … without time to lunch until 16:00 P.M. At that time we were really hungry and left the room 30 minutes to eat something in the food trucks area and came back to the Devroom with enough energy to be present at the closure talk regarding future ideas for ReaR, DRLM and BareOS.
It was pretty interesting and gave us the opportunity to explain our future ideas for DRLM and ReaR in order to go forward with a better integration on both projects. We received some interesting questions from the audience. Some of them in fact turned intonew points in the project todo-list! This kind of feedback becomes very important for the future of any project.

 

 

At the end of the talk all the organizers agreed that the Devroom must be repeated next year and all of us will be at FOSDEM’18 again. We were so tired and just came back to the apartment and went out for dinner, more relaxed and with the feel that the Devroom was a success.

 

On Sunday we had time to attend some talks and walk around the Stand areas, as last year was impossible because we were at the booth all the weekend. 

Finally we want to say thanks to the organization and the hundreds of volunteers, for their efforts to make possible the FOSDEM’17. Again, they held the largest concentration of Free Software communities in Europe, free and open access for all people. A greeting to all the friends we made, and those who shared a beer with us.

DRLM 2.1.0 Available

We added support for DRLM on SLES 12SP1 and Ubuntu LTS, along with NEW features like Backup Job Scheduler and Export/Import of DR images, among other improvements.

DRLM Version 2.1.0 (February 2017) – Release Notes:

  • DRLM reporting with nsca-ng, nsca. (issue #47)
  • DRLM Server for SLES. (issue #45)
  • Support for drlm unattended installation (instclient) on Ubuntu (issue #43)
  • NEW Import & Export DR images between DRLM servers. (issue #39)
  • Pass DRLM global options to ReaR. (issue #37)
  • New DRLM backup job scheduler (issue #35)
  • Addclient install mode (automatize install client after the client creation) (issue #32)
  • Solved lots of bugs

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You can take a look to the full history on release notes at Github

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The DRLM workshop at FOSDEM17 Backup and Disaster Recovery Devroom

You will have the opportunity to go deeper into the DRLM (Disaster Recovery Linux Manager) tool and know more about the project history, features, news and a complete workshop on DR management with ReaR and DRLM.

You can download the instructions of the the workshop tutorial from the link below.

https://github.com/brainupdaters/fosdem17_workshop

So you can get prepared!
Ready to recover?

 

Disaster Recovery management with ReaR and DRLM Workshop at FOSDEM 17

DRLM returns to FOSDEM for take part in the Backup and Disaster Recovery Devroom.

You will have the opportunity to go deeper into the DRLM (Disaster Recovery Linux Manager) tool and know more about the project history, features, news and a complete workshop on DR management with ReaR and DRLM.

 

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We encourage you to attend to the talk and ask questions to our speaker, Didac Oliveria, co-founder and maintainer at DRLM Project.

Also an informal talk with ReaR, DRLM and Bareos users, about what they would like to implement in future ReaR, DRLM and Bareos versions will be offered to conclude all sessions of the Backup and Disaster Recovery Devroom.

Save the date 4February 2017:

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DRLM 2.1.0 Roadmap

This is the ROADMAP defined for DRLM 2.1.0.

It will be released at end of this year.

DRLM 2.1.0 Roadmap:

– Add support for DRLM on SLES12
– Addclient improvements:
– online mode
– install mode
– minor enhacements
– New Backup Schedule workflow
– New Export/Import DR image workflow
– Passing drlm params automatically (eg: -vD) to rear on runbackup execution from DRLM.

 

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2.0. DRLM IS HERE

You can download the new DRLM 2.0.

This new version solve lots of bugs and new cool features are added!

New Features:

  • New installclient workflow
  • Suport for parallel backups
  • Speed up DR image creation and backup time
  • Sqlite3 database backend
  • Added error reporting support for:
    • Nagios
    • Zabbix
    • Mail

DRLM 2.0.0 Release Notes:

  • Multiarch netboot with GRUB2 – x86_64-efi i386-efi i386-pc – (issue #2)
  • New installclient workflow (issue #5)
  • Added support for systemd distros – RHEL7 CentOS7 Debian8 – (issue #14)
  • Use bash socket implementation instead of netcat (issue #15)
  • Runbackup workflow enhacement with sparse raw images with qemu-img reducing backup time and improving management (issue #16)
  • Added support for parallel backups on DRLM (issue #22)
  • Added support for new DB backend sqlite3 (issue #23)
  • Added support for Nagios error reporting (issue #28)
  • Added support for Zabbix error reporting (issue #29)
  • Added support for Mail error reporting (issue #30)
  • Added timeout var for Sqlite in sqlite3-driver.sh for avoiding database locks.
  • Added source of local.conf and site.conf files in drlm-stord
  • Solved lots of bugs
  • DRLM documentation updated to reflect version 2.0 changes

You can take a look to the full history on release notes at Github

 

FOSDEM 2016: A great and exhausting experience.

The presentation of DRLM at FOSDEM’16 in Brussels, was a success.

Our first stop, just landing, was attending the CentOS Dojo, which was held on Friday 26 February at IBM Client Center in Brussels.Gratien D'haese with DRLM

We were able to arribe to Gratien D’haese’s talk about Relax-and-Recover, because started later than planned, it was the first success in this travel! After the talk, we also had time meet the CentOS guys, and greet our friend Gratien.

Still on Friday, at the afternoon, we were working hard on updating the DRLM documentation with last changes and adjustments on last DRLM version and finalising the details of DRLM demo that was showed at booth.

DRLM TeamAnd after hard work, we did not miss the FOSDEM’16 Welcome Party held at the Delirium Café, with great beers and better ambient!

We were surprised by the method they had to allow access at the entrance: asking questions about free software to see if people really were FOSDEM attendees. ☺

On Saturday, at 9:00 a.m. we began to assemble the stand in ULB Campus and, five minutes later, still assembling the booth, people started to come interested in the project. This was all the weekend, non stops, no lunch time. DRLM Stand Brussels

It was a pleasure for us to attend FOSDEM our first time, revealing  our project to free software specialised public. It was an experience that exceeded our expectations.

The booth gave us the opportunity to show DRLM to anyone who approached us to know more about the project. During the event we met many people, IMG_20160130_142018745talked with them, we showed a demo of DRLM for anyone interested, and we handed, over 150 T-Shirts, about 700 ref cards and lots of merchandising (stickers and pins).

We finished exhausted after 2 days of non-stop talks, with people around the world, but with a big smile in our faces after seeing the interest of attenders in DRLM.

It was a great and exhausting experience.

The hardest thing for us was be able to attend interesting conferences that were held in the different areas of FOSDEM. One of the most moving was the memorandum to Ian Murdock, where we could make an appearance.

On the other hand we had the opportunity to receive some very interesting questions from the audience. Some became in new points in the project todo-list! This kind of feedback becomes very important for the future of any Project.

Even, one component of Team was interviewed for the Hacker Public Radio, you can read the interview here.

We also take a couple of videos showing the ambient that was present in the fair.

DRLM room at FOSDEM And Demo FOSDEM16

Finally we want to thank the organisation and the hundreds of volunteers, for their efforts to make possible the FOSDEM’16. Again, they held the largest concentration of Free Software communities in Europe, free and open access for all people. A greeting to all the friends we made, and who shared a beer with us.

DRLM Team

Ken Fallon -Hacker Public Radio- interview Ruben at FOSDEM 16

During our exhibition at FOSDEM, the journalist Ken Fallon of Hacker Public Radio interviewed Ruben to learn more about DRLM Project.
We leave the interview so that you may read:

Hacker Public Radio Interview Ruben DRLM
Can you tell me what this project is and who are you?
Ok, we are BrainUpdaters a Team from Barcelona (Spain).
We started this project because one of our big customers, a global pharma industry called Grifols asked us for a solution to backup their Linux Operating systems, like they was doing with their proprietary Unix systems.
DRLM is a manager for Relax-and-Recover (ReaR) deployments, in order to centrally manage Disaster Recovery for GNU/Linux.
ReaR is a standalone disaster recovery software made by Gratien D´haese among others, he is over here right now.
DRLM will be installed in a server and all ReaR backups will be stored there. The point here is that you can recover any Linux system fully from network.

Ok …
You have all OS backups on DRLM server, these backups can be scheduled from DRLM. You have a list of clients, networks and backups in a DRLM database. And then If you have to recover those OS backups in the same or other machine, doesn’t matter if is Virtual or Physical, just boot from network and recover.

So, Is this for client machines or we are talking about servers only?
It’s more focused for servers but can be used for client machines also.

Ok, so you run a scheduled job on the server? How are these jobs, full system backups? incremental?
At this moment is a full OS backup, we strongly recommend to separate OS backups and Data backups. I mean, first you will recover the OS at same state since last backup with ReaR/DRLM, and then if you have a database,… you can use an standard backup tool like Bacula o BareOS in order to restore the application data.
We are focused on OS recovery and must have a size as small as possible, 2-5Gb to recover OS as fast as possible. Usually in 5-10 minutes you will have your OS up & running again.

The new server had to have same hardware than old server?
You can recover in other server and is not required exactly the same hardware, but must be same platform.
Now only works on Intel platform, but at this time we are working to support more platforms like PowerPC,…

So, how this works exactly?
Ok, assuming you have a DRLM server, you have to install relax-and-recover in any system you want to take DR backups, and then from DRLM you can run the backups and manage them.

And you can schedule via your system?
Yes, you can do this, also configure how many backups will be stored on DRLM for each client and manage those backups in order to select which stored backups you want to recover.

And what do you hope to get from FOSDEM? Get more Users?
Yes, but not only more users. We wish that the community around the project start growing, we want more people contributing to the project, and this is our main interest coming here.

 

Listen to the Hacker Public Radio interview  here.

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DRLM project will be shown at FOSDEM16

We started the year with great news: DRLM project will attend at FOSDEM 16

We travel to Brussels to attend the annual convention of open source software in Europe: #Fosdem16. DRLM present the project at the stand we will have during the weekend from January 30st to 31st. If you have planned to attend, do not hesitate to go to greet us, we will show a demonstration of the product and will reward you with a detail so that we may have you present.

MAP OF THE LOCATION OF THE DRLM'S STAND

If you’re a developer and you will attend FOSDEM, you want to know DRLM, it’s a new open source tool that allows us to manage backup and recovery of GNU/Linux Operating Systems in our Datacenter in case of disaster, in a centralized manner and through the network.

We will keep you informed of further details at:

DRLM Community

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We are pleased to announce the official launch of DRLM Open Source Project

After two years of hard work, we are pleased to announce the launch of DRLM. You don’t  know what DRLM is?. Here you’ve few links:

DRLM Docs: http://docs.drlm.org

DRLM Project Site: http://drlm.org

DRLM on Twitter: @drlm_org

 

Sure all SysAdmins gonna love it !!! ;-P

Here you’ve a quick video to know a bit more.

DRLM Team