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S3">Video Tutorial: Automate Media Temple (gs) backups with Amazon S3

This is a video follow-up to my last post about S3 Backups on Media Temple's (gs)

This is a video follow-up to my last post about S3 Back­ups on Media Temple’s (gs). The response I’ve received to that entry has been really, really pos­i­tive and I’m thrilled that peo­ple are find­ing the tuto­r­ial and the script useful.

In the com­ments of that entry, Patrick was run­ning into some prob­lems — it seemed like maybe he had missed a step. It occurred to me that it might be really ben­e­fi­cial to have the entire process doc­u­mented in a screen­cast, because some peo­ple do bet­ter with a visual guide, and for any­one unfa­mil­iar with their com­mand line, see­ing what you are sup­posed to do can be really, really helpful.

So I whipped up a video tuto­r­ial on Thurs­day. I wanted to have it posted ear­lier, but I wanted to stream it as a Quick­Time file (for opti­mum quality/performance) and I had to tweak the set­tings of the QTSS server I’m using and then fig­ure out the best way to embed the con­tent. I was out all day yes­ter­day and I didn’t really get a chance to look seri­ously at embed options until this morn­ing. The solu­tion I ended up using is Shad­ow­box, a JavaScript AJAXy media player.

You need Quick­Time or VLC or some­thing to view the file. If you need it in another for­mat, I can try to acqui­esce :-)

For the demo, I’m assum­ing you are using my script, but the steps are the same even if you are using your own.

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Enjoy! If you have any more ques­tions, just leave them here and I’ll try my best to answer them.


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Using Ama­zon S3 to backup Media Temple’s Grid (gs) | said:

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Patrick Siko­rski said:

You Are AWESOME! This is per­fect, I was able to get it to work fine! Thank You so much! Also, couldn’t help but notice you were able to snag a (mt) xv server. How is that going?

Posted on: July 13, 2008 at 9:11 pmQuote this Comment
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Christina said:

Patrick — YAY!

I’m so glad that it worked! I can’t believe I didn’t think to do a screen­cast ear­lier. Well, the (xv) is what is serv­ing up those Quick­Time files and it seems be doing a good job so far of serv­ing the videos. I’m still test­ing it and play­ing with it but it is AWESOME.

Posted on: July 13, 2008 at 9:17 pmQuote this Comment
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Patrick Siko­rski said:

Hope­fully it will be well priced when it is released. Any­way thanks again! Fol­low me on Twit­ter @warning9

Posted on: July 13, 2008 at 9:19 pmQuote this Comment
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Mike said:

Very inter­est­ing. I’m going to imple­ment this some­time in the next week. Video is really easy to fol­low :)

Is there any pro­vi­sions for back­ing up sites from a Rails or Django con­tainer? I’m not sure if the sym­links would pick-up any­thing beyond the pub­lic folder of the con­tainer sites oth­er­wise. If not, I may mod­ify the script to allow for an optional array of con­tainer paths and sites.

Posted on: July 27, 2008 at 12:43 amQuote this Comment
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Christina said:

I’m not sure about con­tain­ers — as I haven’t used mine. You might have to set a dif­fer­ent array — that’s actu­ally a good idea, I’ll try to cre­ate a Ruby con­tainer and see if I can get any­thing with the script, but I imag­ine an addi­tional array will need to be added.

Posted on: July 27, 2008 at 8:45 amQuote this Comment
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Posted on: August 9, 2008 at 5:15 amQuote this Comment
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Mike said:

Hey Christina..

Just wanted to fly on by and say a HUGE thankyou for the S3 Tut. It works a treat and sim­ply allows a lit­tle piece of mind if s*?# did hit the fan @ (mt).

Any­ways, thanks again..


Posted on: September 13, 2008 at 2:24 amQuote this Comment
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dave said:

could not get your videos to work. Tried fire­fox, ie, chrome even got the link from source but kept get­ting errors. Sounds like a great tuto­r­ial would love to see it.

Posted on: July 8, 2009 at 2:52 pmQuote this Comment
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Christina said:

Hey Dave, let me re-check those URLS, it might be later today but they should be fixed soon. Thanks!

Posted on: July 10, 2009 at 11:30 amQuote this Comment - Gravatar said:

I can not get the videos to work either Christina and I would love a lit­tle more help!

Posted on: August 4, 2009 at 10:05 amQuote this Comment
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Christina said:

Try it now Ask­t­heAd­min! I’ve changed the links!

Posted on: August 4, 2009 at 10:58 amQuote this Comment

Auto­mat­i­cally back up your entire web server files and data­bases to Ama­zon S3 — The Dev Scene said:

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The tuto­r­ial shows the video of the Auto­mate media Tem­ple (gs) back­ups with Ama­zon s3. For the demo there are some play­ers which is used here.

Posted on: March 9, 2010 at 7:04 amQuote this Comment
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Nice infor­ma­tion, many thanks to the author. It is incom­pre­hen­si­ble to me these days, but in gen­eral, the use­ful­ness and sig­nif­i­cance is over­whelm­ing. Thanks again and also nice luck!

Posted on: September 22, 2010 at 6:08 amQuote this Comment
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Bingo said:

Wow, inter­est­ing! Has any­one else come across the same thing com­pared to this? I am curi­ous where to find more responses on this matter…

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