[Nelug] Backup over network. Which? What?

Peter Holmes fopetsys at yahoo.co.uk
Sun Oct 8 16:02:16 UTC 2006

Dougie, TY. But I will have up to four PCs with (on two machines) LINUX and Windoze.
That looks like a LOT of scripting unless someone can suggest a short cut?

===> On 8 Oct 2006 at 16:28, Douglas Nisbet  wrote :-

> Stephen Patterson wrote:
> > On 08 Oct 06, Peter Holmes (fopetsys at yahoo.co.uk) wrote:
> >   
> >> Which backup software do you recommend?  I did some digging and AMANDA seems to be about the best though do I want to spend a week setting it up?  I also have some minor concerns about AMANDA's long term free-as-in-beer situation ... note the number of ads seen around the net on 'about.com', etc.
> >> There's also AFBACKUP, BACULA and MONDO plus a few more but support appears thin.
> >>     
> >
> > So many options :) I'd use rsync & a custom shell script unless you need the
> > data stored compressed on the server. That does have the advantage that if
> > things fail severely all the data is still on a regular filesystem.
> >
> >   
> >> Also, what's the best flavour of LINUX to use?  A desktop bias isn't necessary since I can just about work my way around with the Command Line.  I use UBUNTU at present which is fine as a desktop machine but it tries too hard to be all-things-to-everybody and hog resources.
> >>     
> >
> > ubuntu's not bad though I prefer debian. It can be slimmed down a lot by doing a
> > custom install so you only install the software you're going to use (so you
> > don't end up with gnome-* & kde-*). 
> >
> >   
> That's scary. That's pretty much 100% what I'd say, and what I do. 
> Here's the script I use for backing up my digital photos from my XP 
> machine, though all that's really neeed is two commands. The smbmount 
> and the rsync. (Ok, 3 if you include the umount!)
> Dougie

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