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Backup for OX6 with SEP sesam

This document describes how to set up a SEP sesam server to backup an Open-Xchange 6 environment. Unlike previous Open-Xchange versions backups of version 6 are not executed via a so-called "Open-Xchange module" but through distributed backup tasks.

A backup of an Open-Xchange system has to include the following components:

  • File-based backup of the system
  • Backup of the partition information for a possible BSR restore
  • Backup of the MySQL database
  • Backup of the LDAP
  • Backup of the IMAP Server, i.e. the e-mails.

Furthermore it is possible to restore individual e-mails of different users.


Preparations on SEP sesam Client 3.6

In version 3.6 it is necessary to switch the SEP sesam executable "sbc_ox" with the SEP sesam executable "sbc_imap":

cp /opt/sesam/bin/sesam/sbc_imap /opt/sesam/bin/sesam/sbc_ox

Preparations on SEP sesam Server Version 3.6

To use the SEP sesam single mailbox backup, you have to install the above-described Service Pack recorded in 1.1.

Here you have to replace the file "sm_reformat_lis.exe" in the directory <SESAM_ROOT>/bin/sesam!

Setting up the backup jobs

Backup "all"

In the first step the whole Open-Xchange system can be backed up on file level by setting up an "all" backup.

The task has to be created in SEP sesam like this:

Ox6 auftrag all.jpg

Ensuring a consistent backup

Additionally it is recommended to use the post- and pre-script options for this so-called "offline backup" in order to shut down the Open-Xchange service for the time of the backup. This way the Open-Xchange database can be backed up consistently.

  • pre script: /etc/init.d/open-xchange-groupware stop
  • post script: /etc/init.d/open-xchange-groupware start

"disk_info" Backup

In addition to the previously described "all" backup we suggest creating a so-called "disk_info" backup. This backup task makes it possible to execute a SEP sesam BSR Linux Disaster Restore with the help of the backed up partition information (see: Disaster Recovery for Linux 2.0)

This task is to be created like this:

Ox6 auftrag disk info.jpg

"OpenLDAP" Backup

The LDAP service associated with the Open-Xchange includes the information of all user accounts. The task has to look like this:

Ox6 auftrag openldap.jpg

"MySQL" Backup

Backup of all MySQL databases

The following example shows the setup of the backup task for the MySQL database associated with Open-Xchange. In the first step you can do a full backup of the MySQL instance. This backs up all databases available on the MySQL server:

Ox6 auftrag mysql 1.jpg

Ox6 auftrag mysql 2.jpg

IMAP Backup

In order to also make separate e-mails restorable in case of emergency the backup of the IMAP server used in Open-Xchange (Cyrus, etc...) has to be done separately.

Later on, with the help of this backup you can restore separate e-mails comfortably into various user accounts and subfolders using the subject line.

The task has to look like this:

Ox6 imap neu.jpg

Backup of individual MySQL databases

Besides the option of backing up all databases of an instance you can also backup separate MySQL databases. In most cases an Open-Xchange instance consists of the so-called "configdb" and a database that resembles the according domain name of the installation.

"configdb" Backup

Ox6 auftrag mysql configb.jpg

"localhost_6" Backup

Ox6 auftrag mysql localhost 6.jpg


Disaster Recovery with SEP sesam Linux BSR

Once the required backup tasks are created, Linux BSR restore can be performed. For details, see Disaster Recovery for Linux 3.0 en.

Restore of individual E-Mails

Setting up sm_ox.ini

In order to make individual e-mails restorable the SEP sesam Client has to have the according rights to activate IMAP synchronization. This file has to be created on the client:


with the following content:

Selecting the E-Mails

The restore is done over the SEP sesam Restore Agent. After selecting the according savesets a list of the users and their e-mails appears in the restore wizard:

Ox6 restore list neu.jpg

Ox6 restore list neu2.jpg

Ox6 restore list neu3.jpg

Restore to a different target

It is possible to restore e-mails into different subfolders.

In the following example the selected file is restored into the subfolder "restore" for the user "mailuser":

Ox6 restore list neu4.jpg

After a finished restore

Afterwards the user can query the restored e-mail via his Open-Xchange Login:

Ox6 restore done.jpg

Restore of the MySQL databases

A restore of the MySQL databases can be done as described in the respective MySQL documentation:

SEP sesam Extension for MySQL