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Old 05-16-2006, 10:10 AM   #1
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Doing your own off-site backup

I have a Linux server in my office that I set up and I would like it to back up to a computer in my house over a broadband connection. I have used rsync to back up to the ibackup service and it worked and that is how I was hoping to back up to my home computer. I was assuming that I could get a Dynamic DNS and point rsync to that. How would I secure the computer that I am backing up to? Would it be very involved to set up the computer at home to authenticate with a username/password? Any thoughts on how I might proceed?

BTW, the server runs FC3 and the cpmputer at home is Win2000.

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If you can set up the home box with an SSH server, you can run rsync over an SSH connection. That allows you to use key-based authentication and not worry about usernames and passwords. I've been doing this for a bit to back up my business computers and it works well. However, I bet that getting an SSH server on your Windows box will be the most difficult part. Maybe something like Cygwin could do the trick.

Oh, and using the dynamic domain name is a good idea provided you check the IP address regularly.


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