I was hoping to get some input on what kind of backups I should have on hand before executing the process to upgrade from SAS 9.4M5 to SAS 9.4M6.
We currently do weekly backups with the SAS Backup Manager - the sources for this backup are the Metadata Server, the Content Server, Config Directories, and Database. It may worthwhile to note that these backups are stored on the local machine that SAS is running on (Red Hat EL 7),
Besides these, we have a third party tool that does nightly incremental backups of the entire SAS host.
Is this adequate for a contingency in case something goes wrong with the upgrade process from SAS 9.4M5 to SAS 9.4M6? What's truly needed here?
Make sure that you have a system backup made after all SAS services are stopped, then do the upgrade.
The third party tool. It allows you to recreate the state of the whole server, if TSHTF.
We do daily SAS Backup and Recovery Utility backups.
Operating system level backups (incremental)
BUT, before we do an upgrade, as others have suggested, I do a basic "cold, no SAS services" tarZ backup of SASHome and the Config directory. The idea, that like others said, TSHTF, I can simply untar and resume from that point.
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