How to Install Amanda on Ubuntu 18.04?


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Installing Amanda on Ubuntu 18.04

Amanda is an open-source backup and recovery software that allows you to protect your servers, applications, and data from accidental disasters. It provides flexible backup strategies, supports various backup devices, and is capable of backing up multiple clients simultaneously. In addition, Amanda provides features like backup encryption, scheduling, and deduplication to optimize storage space.

Step 1: Update System Packages

First, make sure your Ubuntu system packages are up to date by running the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2: Install Amanda

To install Amanda on Ubuntu 18.04, follow these steps:

sudo apt install amanda-server

Step 3: Configure Amanda

After Amanda is successfully installed, you need to configure it for your specific backup needs. The configuration file for Amanda is located at "/etc/amanda". Edit the "amanda.conf" file to specify your backup settings:

sudo nano /etc/amanda/amanda.conf

In the "amanda.conf" file, you can define backup sets, backup schedules, backup device options, and more. Make the necessary changes and save the file.

Step 4: Add Backup Users

Amanda requires a dedicated user for running backup jobs. Create a new user and group using the following command:

sudo adduser --system --no-create-home --group amandabackup

Step 5: Start Amanda Services

Start the amandabackup schedule and service by running the following command:

sudo systemctl start amandabackup.service amanda-tnames.service

You can also enable the services to start automatically at boot:

sudo systemctl enable amandabackup.service amanda-tnames.service

Step 6: Test Backup

Finally, you can test Amanda's backup functionality by running a test backup job. Use the "amcheck" command with the specified Amanda configuration set:

sudo amcheck 

Replace "" with your defined backup set in the "amanda.conf" file.


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Amanda on Ubuntu 18.04. You can now configure and schedule backup jobs to protect your critical data and applications.

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