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blainemiller 06-10-2011 01:16 PM

SUA on win2k3R2 server rsync pull from linux host

Has anyone had any experience on using SUA(Services for UNIX Applications) rsync to "pull" files down to the Win2k3R2 server from a linux rsync host?

I was trying to use cygwin rsync before until I found out from cygwin that the cygwin port of rsync was "flakey" and would fail intermittently for no apparent reason. cygwin suggested I use SUA or SFU for rsync services.

I've looked for/ am looking for any experience using SUA rsync to copy files down from a linux rsync host to the Windows host via rsync on the Windows host. Also, if you have done this successfully, do you have any pointers/caveats you can share on how you got it working?

What I am basically looking to do is copy files and subdirectories of files from a linux host using rsync to some static location on a Windows server on a scheduled basis so that I can backup the windows server to tape using Symantec's Backup Exec application.

I'm doing it this way to avoid deploying the Remote Agents for either linux or Windows on the target hosts.

As an alternative I've seen reference to a product called DeltaCopy that uses a native Windows rsync port with the native linux port of rsync to do what I need also.

I realize this is not a strictly linux question, but more of a hybrid as I'm moving data to and from Windows and linux hosts. So, if this is too Windows-y a question, please say so and I'll withdraw my question.

Thanks for your time and consideration.

Blaine Miller

SteveK1979 06-12-2011 05:14 AM


I too needed to move some files to a Windows host from a Red Hat host recently. I have to say, it didn't work particularly well and I ended up finding a remote server I could just push the data to with scp and SSH keys.

However I would suggest that an easier way may be to set up Samba on the Linux host and grab the files you need that way. We have a lot of data that gets moved around in this way. Samba is using Active Directory and kerberos for authentication so we just restrict it to the relevant user in AD.

I am guessing that you only want to copy the changed files though, hence the use of rsync? You could rsync to some local space and allow access to that via Samba.


Reuti 06-12-2011 06:57 AM

Do you have ssh access to the Linux machine in question? Then it should be possible to use FUSE on Windows to mount it, and then use a local rsync in Windows. One implementation is dokan. Maybe you could also save this mount directly to tape.

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