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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.

Small Play­er

Medi­um Play­er

Super Huge Play­er

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




July 2008

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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

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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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