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Old 10-15-2009, 04:47 PM   #1
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HOWTO roll-my-own backup to web server service for small intra-net


There are lots of commercial services that provide an application for your workstation and that enables backup and restore to a web-site server.
QUESTION: Does anyone know of package(s) that would let me roll-my-own for a {very} small intra-net.

It would be nice if things worked for both a local LAN server as well as a hosted, remote server.

Thanks,
~~~ 0;-Dan
 
Old 10-15-2009, 05:56 PM   #2
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Dan,

If you are just looking for backup and restore capabilities, try rsync. This is an excellent tool that allows you to "mirror" files and directories even over a slow WAN connection very efficiently. If my understanding of it is correct it uses a diff at the bit level when it transfers data over the wire. So it doesn't transfer entire files that you've changed; it just transfers the changes to the file...meaning much less data is sent over the wire. I'm don't fully understand the algorithm, I just know it works quite well.

If you are using Linux client-side, there are a number of graphical tools available to help you get it working. Just query the repository for rsync.

Best,

Micheal
 
Old 10-15-2009, 06:29 PM   #3
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If you are just looking for backup and restore capabilities, try rsync.
I'm looking for a roll-your-own, FOSS rendition of Carbonite(tm) or similar hierarchical storage management (HSM) utilities.
  • Minimal end-user knowledge and skills required.
  • Mostly automatic backup from local workstation to network server;
  • Browser interface for configuration and administration;
  • Browser interface for file recovery
  • securely Save files here; recover or retrieve files over there
  • Server processes for archive configuration, administration, and management
A Google(tm) search for HSM yields a lot of commercial and "enterprise" solutions. I'm need to work with fewer than ten folks.

I'm working with rsync until I find or create better.

~~~ 0;-Dan
 
Old 10-15-2009, 07:47 PM   #4
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If you want bells & whistles, try Amanda. Very reliable, free, scalable.
http://www.zmanda.com/quick-backup-setup.html
 
  


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