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johnxcitizen 07-28-2010 01:31 AM

how reliable is publishing smb mount in rsyncd.conf for auto backup?
 
Hi!

I've got a number of branch servers (Debian Lenny) ready to be spread out around the country and a large number of branch users who do not back up their files in any kind of organised manner -- which has lead to data loss in the past.

The servers would run samba to provide a quotaed SMB share for each user, which is stored on the branch server's HDD, all in /home/<user> (one dir under /home for each user).

Then, at night, the server would run a cron job that would rsync the contents of the entire /home directory to /mnt/backup/<branchname> (one dir under /mnt/backup for each branch) on a server (as published in rsyncd.conf) (Lenny as well) in HQ.

The HQ server will have mounted a SMB share on a Windows server to /mnt/backup. The Windows server will be running a backup agent that will make sure the data placed there will get to our tape drive.

To recap:

1) User's copy of Windows mounts branch server's samba share; user saves his documents to here.

2) Rsync ships changes to HQ server running rsync --daemon

3) HQ server's rsyncd.conf looks like:
[Ogdenville]
path=/mnt/backup/Ogdenville

[NorthHaverbrook]
path=/mnt/backup/NorthHaverbrook

4) HQ server has already mounted backup something like this: mount -t cifs //10.1.1.1/BackupShare

5) Windows server shares D:\Backup (containing subdirs Ogdenville, etc.) as BackupShare, and backup software is configured to write D:\Backup to tape each night.


Note that the windows share is NTFS, so I don't think that the FAT timestamp issue should affect me?

Would this kind of scheme work and be rock solid reliable in practice?

Thank you!


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