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I've taken inspiration from this: https://confluence.atlassian.com/bamkb/automating-bamboo-backup-operations-702715390.html
I'm wondering now if bamboo jobs will fail we do the rsync without pausing bamboo. Some guys say it won't but my gut feel says it will.
I'm setting-up a test bamboo instance and backup VMs to test this out, but would like to know if anyone has done this before and was successful.
Your jobs may not fail but I personally think that this shouldn't be your main concern. Perform a backup of Bamboo files while jobs are running can result in lots of issues. To name a few: Your backup could have partial or inconsistent data as new data is being written during a time when it was trying to save. Even if the save would complete properly (which it probably wouldn't) you'd now have a backup that did not match the current application state.
This is generally the case with many applications. Whether you're taking manual backups (as proposed in the documentation) or taking them through the UI tools you'll always want to pause the application to take backups.
Thanks for the response. I know where you're coming from and I feel the same way too.
However, I recently stumbled on Lsyncd and I think it's a good solution. Just wondering though if its something the Atlassian team would recommend for backing-up Atlassian application home folders (and as part of the back-up strategy for some if not all apps).
More info on Lsyncd here: