[Nelug] Backup Solution

Scott Wilcox sc0tt at x0f.org
Wed Sep 26 19:47:44 UTC 2007

Hey Folks.

I have an interesting situation that I'd like to share with you, and
hopefully get a little insight into how you think I could perform an
operation successfully and pretty much fully automated. I have a linux
server that runs at home, which houses various content. Its a fast
enough machine, plenty of RAM and tons of diskspace. I have a hard disk
in the machine that is specifically for backups.

I also have five windows machines on this local network, which also
could do with running backups too, preferably nightly. This is where it
becomes interesting. At work, we have a further two machines, which I
want to backup nightly too, and shoot them securely over the net, to my
home machine. We also have a few customers machines that I'd like to
backup data from too, consisting of linux machines, windows machines and
a couple of macbooks.

I need a solution (preferably one that I can write myself really) that
can house the backups, sort when needed, delete old ones (muchos scripts
methinks!) but most of all accept the backups from other machines. I'd
love to be able to encrypt the backups too, especially for the ones
being transmitted over the net.

Has anyone done anything like this or similar, and if so how did you
manage to do it, and is it successful?


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