Good Windows -> Linux backup solution?

Discussion in 'Linux Networking' started by Jem Berkes, Jun 24, 2003.

  1. Jem Berkes

    Jem Berkes Guest

    I'm currently using rsync over ssh to do incremental backups several times
    a day from three Windows (NT) machines to a central Linux server.

    But I've encountered enough problems that now I'm thinking this isn't a
    good long term solution. First, the rsync and ssh ports (part of cygwin)
    seem to hang on occasion, severely crippling the Windows machines. The
    other problem is that whenever daylight savings time switches on or off,
    the timestamps on all files become invalid and EVERYTHING gets transferred
    to the linux server, instead of an incremental backup.

    These problems make rsync unattractive for Windows use. Is anyone anywhere
    of any other similar backup solution that will let me incrementally backup
    data from several Windows hosts to a single Linux box?
    Jem Berkes, Jun 24, 2003
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  2. Some real backup software like Legato Networker should be able to fill the
    ticket. Have a look at

    Just the catch is that's not quite free....
    Rene Laederach, Jun 24, 2003
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  3. Jem Berkes

    Les Mikesell Guest

    You can work around this in two ways until someone fixes the Cygwin
    sshd/rsync combo. Running in rsync daemon mode will work, or you
    can use 'rsync -essh ...' from the windows side, letting the Linux
    sshd complete the connection.
    Even when the timestamps don't match, rsync should not transfer existing
    data (although it may copy the file on the target file). It does log the
    if you are in verbose mode when it changes any attributes (timestamp, owner,
    Look at backuppc at It can use several
    including rsync to make the backups and then uses compression and merging of
    duplicate file to keep more data on line, and it has a handy web interface
    to view
    and retrieve files.
    Les Mikesell, Jun 25, 2003
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