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I'm looking to take periodic backups of an ldap server for disaster recovery. It seems that data can be backed up and recovered via both backup/restore and export-ldif/import-ldif.

What are the advantages of each system?

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Depending on the server software, backup and restore are probably faster, since presumably the operate on the binary copy of the database. The LDIF would be useful when a totally new environment needs to be created. LDAP server administrators should use both methods. If the server runs on Solaris, then a ZFS snapshot should also be created.

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