7 Replies Latest reply on Nov 27, 2018 8:31 AM by Tocano

    Automate VCSA 6.5 Backup - crontab Issue

    TrophyWife Novice

      First: Essentially I'm a basic knowledge Linux admin.

       

       

      I set up vCSA 6.5 backup using this great article:

      https://vm.knutsson.it/2017/01/vmware-vcsa-6-5-scheduled-backup/

       

       

      Running the script manually works perfect.

       

       

      However, I am not able to get the crontab automatic job working. From my testing, it's not running at all.

       

       

      Putty'd to VCSA.

       

       

      Launched crontab -e

       

       

      It looks like this:

      0 19 * * * /usr/local/bin/vCSA-Backup.sh

       

       

      Saved and get:

      crontab: installing new crontab

       

       

      No backup.

       

       

      In an article, I saw this recommendation to see if cron is running the crontab at all:

       

       

      0 19 * * * touch /tmp/a_command_has_run

       

       

      This makes a file in /tmp apparently and I ran it manually to confirm it does.

       

       

      No file created from the automated job.

       

       

      When I look at time it is showing UTC, but in case this is a time zone issue, I checked after an overnight where it should have run in either time zone and got nothing.

       

       

      So just in case of a time zone problem, I modified the crontab to make two files based on time.

      0 17 * * * touch /tmp/a_command_has_run17

      0 12 * * * touch /tmp/a_command_has_run12

       

       

       

       

      Neither were made.

       

       

      I would appreciate any direction on this issue.

       

       

      Thanks!