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Old 08-19-2002, 01:36 PM   #1
warhorse
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Backup over network


This is kind of weird but maybe somebody can give me a good idea or two. I want to maintain backups of all my important data between 3 locations listed below. I will be using rsync in linux which basically syncs from server to client by looking at each file on the client, seeing if they match what is on the server, then downloading everything from the server that isn't already on the client (saves bandwidth)

Here are my systems and the problems with them:
Main system:
Location: Apartment
40 gig HDD
on dsl: 128k upload to internet and on 10/100 LAN

Server
Location: CThos room?
40gig HDD
on 10megabit LAN to internet

Laptop:
Anywhere.. but usually at the apartment though can plug into either 10/100 system mentioned above.
20gig HDD
can move between main computer and server for 10/100 at either location.

Basically, Main backed up on server is a no go because of the 128k upload. That and my laptop having half the disk space as the others are my two main limitations. I have my data broken up as follows:

Main
7.5gig Archive (old stuff and useful stuff)
7.5gig Installs (linux and win32 install files)
7.5gig Media (movies and music)
13gig / (the system and my home directory/window manager settings)

Server
My webpage, however big it needs to be.

Of course the partitions above aren't filled but that's what I've allocated for them.

I'm thinking, my main /home and my laptop /home can be mirrors since Ill be using the same Window Manager and use approximately the same settings. I can sync media between laptop and main so I can listen to music on the go. I can sync installs between them also so I can install things without having to download them. Archives I'll probably sync to my server.

I can sync my server to either my laptop or my desktop. Etc

Basically this is a big mess. Any ideas? My goal is to have everything in 2 places at least, and mostly in 2 different physical locations. Paranoid? Maybe. But I've got the disk space, so humor me.

Is rsync bad? Maybe I should use something else?
 
Old 08-19-2002, 04:38 PM   #2
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Gidday ...


This is a very verbose post, but I seem to miss what
your problem with that setup is?


Cheers,
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Old 08-19-2002, 05:24 PM   #3
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Bah, I figured my question would get buried in there

Basically, I'm looking for some ideas as to the best way to propagate a backup system over these machines. Should I use rsync or are there better programs suited for this purpose?
 
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Quote:
Originally posted by warhorse
Bah, I figured my question would get buried in there :)

Basically, I'm looking for some ideas as to the best way to propagate a backup system over these machines. Should I use rsync or are there better programs suited for this purpose?
Gidday!

Heh ... well, what you do is some sort of a replication mechanism,
not a backup. For this purpose the straightforward use of rsync is
an excellent choice. However, you might want to consider a way
(there's a few nice sample scripts out there for that purpose) of
storing files in some sort of versioning, keeping 2 or 3 generations
of crucial files, that is, if you mistakenly modify a file, and only
realise that later (after your "backup"), you still have a chance
to retrieve the unmodified version.

Cheers,
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Old 10-14-2002, 06:14 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by Tinkster

storing files in some sort of versioning, keeping 2 or 3 generations
of crucial files, that is, if you mistakenly modify a file, and only
realise that later (after your "backup"), you still have a chance
to retrieve the unmodified version.
Hi guys,

this is what i currently need to setup between two linux servers, does anyone know where i can find any pre developed programs or scripts that ppl have successfully used b4.

Cheers

Last edited by Fusion07; 10-14-2002 at 06:15 AM.
 
  


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