Context Restore Documentation

Introduction

This document contains descriptions about the context restore bundle. This bundle is a solution for restoring one single context out of a mysql dump from a complete Open-Xchange database. In a distributed setup, it is possible to use several files containing the dumps of different databases. The tool described within this document does fetch the needed information out of these files.

Limitations

You must not delete the last context from within a database schema. If you just have ONE context left in your system, do NOT delete it. That is because the deletion of the last contexts leads into deletion of the entire schema. In that case, you have to restore a complete database dump. restorecontext will not work in that case.

Requirements

For correct operation, it is required that the mysql dumps for this tool represent a consistent state of all databases the Open-Xchange server has under control. Furthermore this consistent state needs also to include the backup of the filestore.

Installation on OX 7.x

Debian GNU/Linux 7.0

Add the following entry to /etc/apt/sources.list.d/open-xchange.list if not already present:

deb https://software.open-xchange.com/OX6/stable/DebianWheezy/ /
# if you have a valid maintenance subscription, please uncomment the 
# following and add the ldb account data to the url so that the most recent
# packages get installed
# deb https://[CUSTOMERID:PASSWORD]@software.open-xchange.com/OX6/stable/updates/DebianWheezy/ /

and run

$ apt-get update
$ apt-get install open-xchange-admin-plugin-contextrestore

Debian GNU/Linux 8.0

Add the following entry to /etc/apt/sources.list.d/open-xchange.list if not already present:

deb https://software.open-xchange.com/OX6/stable/DebianJessie/ /
# if you have a valid maintenance subscription, please uncomment the 
# following and add the ldb account data to the url so that the most recent
# packages get installed
# deb https://[CUSTOMERID:PASSWORD]@software.open-xchange.com/OX6/stable/updates/DebianJessie/ /

and run

$ apt-get update
$ apt-get install open-xchange-admin-plugin-contextrestore

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11

Add the package repository using zypper if not already present:

$ zypper ar https://software.open-xchange.com/OX6/stable/SLES11 ox

If you have a valid maintenance subscription, please run the following command and add the ldb account data to the url so that the most recent packages get installed:

$ zypper ar https://[CUSTOMERID:PASSWORD]@software.open-xchange.com/OX6/stable/updates/SLES11 ox-updates

and run

$ zypper ref
$ zypper in open-xchange-admin-plugin-contextrestore

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12

Add the package repository using zypper if not already present:

$ zypper ar https://software.open-xchange.com/OX6/stable/SLE_12 ox

If you have a valid maintenance subscription, please run the following command and add the ldb account data to the url so that the most recent packages get installed:

$ zypper ar https://[CUSTOMERID:PASSWORD]@software.open-xchange.com/OX6/stable/updates/SLES11 ox-updates

and run

$ zypper ref
$ zypper in open-xchange-admin-plugin-contextrestore

RedHat Enterprise Linux 6

Start a console and create a software repository file if not already present:

$ vim /etc/yum.repos.d/ox.repo

[ox]
name=Open-Xchange
baseurl=https://software.open-xchange.com/OX6/stable/RHEL6/
gpgkey=https://software.open-xchange.com/oxbuildkey.pub
enabled=1
gpgcheck=1
metadata_expire=0m
# if you have a valid maintenance subscription, please uncomment the 
# following and add the ldb account data to the url so that the most recent
# packages get installed
# [ox-updates]
# name=Open-Xchange Updates
# baseurl=https://[CUSTOMERID:PASSWORD]@software.open-xchange.com/OX6/stable/updates/RHEL6/
# gpgkey=https://software.open-xchange.com/oxbuildkey.pub
# enabled=1
# gpgcheck=1
# metadata_expire=0m

and run

$ yum update
$ yum install open-xchange-admin-plugin-contextrestore

RedHat Enterprise Linux 7

Start a console and create a software repository file if not already present:

$ vim /etc/yum.repos.d/ox.repo

[ox]
name=Open-Xchange
baseurl=https://software.open-xchange.com/OX6/stable/RHEL7/
gpgkey=https://software.open-xchange.com/oxbuildkey.pub
enabled=1
gpgcheck=1
metadata_expire=0m
# if you have a valid maintenance subscription, please uncomment the 
# following and add the ldb account data to the url so that the most recent
# packages get installed
# [ox-updates]
# name=Open-Xchange Updates
# baseurl=https://[CUSTOMERID:PASSWORD]@software.open-xchange.com/OX6/stable/updates/RHEL7/
# gpgkey=https://software.open-xchange.com/oxbuildkey.pub
# enabled=1
# gpgcheck=1
# metadata_expire=0m

and run

$ yum update
$ yum install open-xchange-admin-plugin-contextrestore

CentOS 6

Start a console and create a software repository file if not already present:

$ vim /etc/yum.repos.d/ox.repo

[ox]
name=Open-Xchange
baseurl=https://software.open-xchange.com/OX6/stable/RHEL6/
gpgkey=https://software.open-xchange.com/oxbuildkey.pub
enabled=1
gpgcheck=1
metadata_expire=0m
# if you have a valid maintenance subscription, please uncomment the 
# following and add the ldb account data to the url so that the most recent
# packages get installed
# [ox-updates]
# name=Open-Xchange Updates
# baseurl=https://[CUSTOMERID:PASSWORD]@software.open-xchange.com/OX6/stable/updates/RHEL6/
# gpgkey=https://software.open-xchange.com/oxbuildkey.pub
# enabled=1
# gpgcheck=1
# metadata_expire=0m

and run

$ yum update
$ yum install open-xchange-admin-plugin-contextrestore

CentOS 7

Start a console and create a software repository file if not already present:

$ vim /etc/yum.repos.d/ox.repo

[ox]
name=Open-Xchange
baseurl=https://software.open-xchange.com/OX6/stable/RHEL7/
gpgkey=https://software.open-xchange.com/oxbuildkey.pub
enabled=1
gpgcheck=1
metadata_expire=0m
# if you have a valid maintenance subscription, please uncomment the 
# following and add the ldb account data to the url so that the most recent
# packages get installed
# [ox-updates]
# name=Open-Xchange Updates
# baseurl=https://[CUSTOMERID:PASSWORD]@software.open-xchange.com/OX6/stable/updates/RHEL7/
# gpgkey=https://software.open-xchange.com/oxbuildkey.pub
# enabled=1
# gpgcheck=1
# metadata_expire=0m

and run

$ yum update
$ yum install open-xchange-admin-plugin-contextrestore

After the package has been installed, a new shell script named /opt/open-xchange/sbin/restorecontext The server needs to be restarted to make the new functionality available. The functionality is accessible via RMI, CLT and SOAP.

Usage

A complete database backup has to be done before the new function can be used. The Tool described within this document requires a full SQL dump of the databases involved. This can be done by executing the command

$ mysqldump --all-databases --single-transaction --hex-blob

on all database machines registered in Open-Xchange as well as the configuration Database. These three parameters are very important. The first one lets the dump contain every database on the specified database host, the second is used for a consistent backup and the third one is used to let all binary data appear as hex in the dump. Instead of –-all-databases you can also use –-database with the right database(s), if none of the switches are given as direct argument then mysql will left out essential data in the dump. For a full backup the switch --all-databases is recommended.

The usage of the command line tool is self-explanatory as it confirms to the standard unix behavior. --help will show a short help with the available parameters.

The main arguments of the tool are different database dumps (from the configdb and the distributed user data databases). On success the tool returns the path to the filestore of the given context. The files below this path have to be restored afterwards in a separate process which is not part of the Open-Xchange system. An example of a restore would look like this:

$ restorecontext -A oxadminmaster -P secret -c 1 \
   -f /path/to/configdb.sql,/path/to/userdb.sql,/path/to/userdb1.sql,...


Old dump without --hex-blob

If you have done a dump according to a former version of this document the dump contains the direct binary data which can't be understood by the restore tool. You will get errors like "Data truncation: Data too long for column 'uuid' at row 1".

ATTENTION: The steps below need to be done on a NEW MySQL instance NOT the productive one.

To get the correct version of the dump you need to apply the dump to a clean MySQL database. If the dump was created with --all-databases you can just pipe the contents into mysql: mysql < mydump.txt. If you have different dump for each database you have to create the corresponding database in MySQL first. The name of the database to be created can be found at the beginning of the dump file -- Host: localhost Database: configdb So for the example simply issue create database configdb and apply the dump directly to this database: mysql configdb < mydump.txt (pay attention to give the name of the database to mysql in this case). Afterwards just create the mysqldump from this database with the correct --hex-blob parameter.