My Questions and problems are three fold.
1. A single course has become too large to backup - Like many folks out there, I am having difficulty backing up a course with large amounts (~500MB) of media files (pdfs, wav recordings). I have done countless tweaks to my php settings as well as timeout increases and running external zip programs. That helped for a bit (when this course was ~300MB) , but now at 500MB, I can't get it to backup.
2. We have 10 sections of this large course (one section runs each quarter - this is the 10th time we have offered this course), so now the server has 10 copies (or close to it) of the same 300-500MB of media files. The redundancy seems silly.
3. The media files can't be public (as in linking to an outside URL), but I really need something like that - so that all media files are NOT put into the backup, but ARE assessable after a backup/restore via a "course only URL).
Having said all this, I have looked though all the forums and can't seem to find an answer. Anyone know how to setup #3 situation?
Our courses are hosted on a VPS with a static IP, anyway to setup folder permissions to allow only authenticated course users into that folder?
Thanks for the help.