[Dovecot] Backing up dovecot

Daniel Luttermann daniel at dlutt.de
Sun Nov 14 20:13:28 EET 2010

Spyros Tsiolis wrote on 11/12/2010:

> a. How safe will I be backing up dovecot

> b. What folders/files to backup

It's enough to backup your Dovecot configuration files (usually the
folder /etc/dovecot or /usr/local/etc/dovecot) and your SSL certs (if

You should also backup your mailboxes (/var/MailRoot/domains) on a
regular basis (hourly/daily with rsync for example).

If you must reinstall your server you have to install Dovecot and
restore your Dovecot config files from your backup. That should be

P.S.: Depending of your authentication backend (database, PAM, LDAP..)
you should also backup these informations so that users can login
after a restore with the same credentials as before.


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