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DREBS (Disaster Recovery for Elastic Block Store)


  • DREBS is a tool for taking periodic snapshots of EBS volumes.
  • DREBS is designed to be run on the EC2 host which the EBS volumes to be snapshoted are attached.
  • DREBS supports configurable retention strategies.
  • DREBS supports configurable pre and post snapshot tasks such as dumping databases prior to snapshot for consistency.

Installation & Setup

  1. Clone the repo or install the gem
  2. Output the example configuration to a file: drebs check_config example_config > your_config.yml
  3. Create an AWS account with authorization limited to create, list, & delete snapshots (Example coming soon)
  4. Add AWS API keys for above account to your_config.yml
  5. configure your_config.yml per your backup requirements
  6. test your configuration: drebs check_config your_config.yml && drebs check_cloud your_config.yml
  7. Add Crontab entry: 0 * * * * drebs execute your_config.yml


Testing notes

  • shell command: If you do: drebs shell some_config you will end up at a shell with @drebs defined and you will be able to access @drebs.db, @drebs.config, & @drebs.cloud. If you set @drebs.cloud to be an instance of TestCloud from the test suite you should be able to execute various functions without actually hitting AWS and so work from your dev box.

  • Due to the nature of drebs being designed to be run from an ec2 you will need to be on your ec2 instance to test many of the AWS interactions.

  • You should be able to verify data on a snapshot by creating an ebs volume from the snapshot, attaching the volume to your instance and then mounting its file system on some mount point - aws docs on using volumes

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