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OpenLDAP Backup Questions


I'm planning to make a daily backup of my openldap(2.3.19 used with bdb
backend). There are couple of questions that I have -

1. If I take a backup using slapcat while slapd is running - is there a
possibility of some data loss or other inconsistency?

2. Is there some other effective backup mechanism / backup tool recommended other
than slapcat.

3. If I can programmatically assure that no writes happen during my backup
phase - then does it matter whether slapd is running or not?

4. I'm going to do this in both Windows and Solaris environment - so any
suggestions like I should use something specific based on the OS?

I would highly appreciate if my questions are effectively answered.


Rajarshi Chaudhuri
Genesys Telecommunications Lab, Inc