[ale] Home" Brew" Carbonite
greg.freemyer at gmail.com
Thu Oct 29 12:02:29 EDT 2009
As to the software side of your choice, I have been using rdiff-backup
for versioned backups for years.
I just use the command line, but there are some guis for it as well:
rdiff-backup has windows and linux clients. I've always used a linux
server to hold the backups. The client talks to the server via ssh,
so even if the client and server are separated by the Internet, the
data is encrypted in route.
It also uses librsync to find the smallest set of changes to a file
and only sends the delta's from one the client to the server. Again
that's good if you are backing up across a WAN.
You might find a fully packaged backup server based on rdiff-backup,
but if not, it is not very hard to install. I'd say the hardest part
is you need ssh keys in place so the client can log into the server
without a password. (I think that is required. It has been years
since I did a new install.)
Also note that the above does not use CIFS nor NFS. I guess you could
export the backup directory for users to have direct access, but I
don't do that.
On Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 12:24 AM, Greg Clifton <gccfof5 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Springboarding off the Pair of Twins Post, I have been thinking of building
> a home brew storage server for several functions including media storage and
> [automated?] backup over the internet of my family's computers. Carbonite @
> $50/yr might not be so bad but x8 or more systems, surely I could build
> adequate if not superior functionality for less than 2 yrs of service.
> Currently have two kids running Macs the rest are running some flavor of
> Windows, XP, Vista/7 plus I run a Ubuntu box as my home system.
> I noticed a recertified HP home server box on Newegg for ~$320 with 2x500GB
> drives (2 open bays, 4 total), Sempron1.8 processor and 512Meg RAM and
> windblows home server. They sold out of the single hard drive version for
> $259 or I probably would have already bought it. So the question is, would
> it be 'more better' to take such a box and slam in a couple of 1.5TB drives
> or the like and load some Linux distro with necessary tools to be able to
> dump audio + video and [automated] backups of all the family computers vs
> using something like a Buffalo Terastation? Or does anybody have a better
> Assuming the first option is viable, the next question is how to configure
> such a box software-wise, I can handle the hardware, but wouldn't know where
> to start with the software.
> Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
> Greg Clifton
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