Originally Posted by wpns
Load it at your house, do differentials to his house, everything else is a SMOP. 8*)
For everyone else that was like "what the heck is a SMOP
A linux file server sounds fine, but what I was hoping for (locally at least) was that I would be able to do some sort of restore to a point in time. I've read A LOT of material this weekend about a program called BackupPC
. It would run on a Linux server of my choice, and essentially pull backups from my Windows XX boxes using either a Samba share (probably the default c$) or using an rsync client (was looking at DeltaCopy
Some concerns I've run into:
Apparently the hard links that a program like BackupPC uses in order to link all the delta (change) files back to the initial file creates problems for some file systems. NTFS, FAT32, and FAT16 are out of the question and so ext3, reiserf, ZFS and a bunch of other unix / linux file systems I've never had much experience with are recommended. Then to complicate that, rsync apparently has some problems
with hard links in certain situations, and so it may be more difficult than just trying to schedule an rsync job to mirror my file server or Nas's data store against a remote device. Maybe I'm wrong there, or maybe utilities like rsnapshot
address these concerns, or more likely, I just don't know what I'm talking about. However, articles like How to Copy a Filesystem and Preserve Hard Links in Linux
by Jeremy Zawodny make me very nervous.
I could probably get a poor man’s version of restore in time by scheduling each days backup to go do a different folder (Monday, Tuesday, etc.) but I'm pretty sure that would put rsync or other file synchronization protocols into overtime and max out my ISP bandwidth usage trying to keep the offsite mirror in check.
I'm hoping someone, interested in point-in-time restoration, with a small windows network, AND interested in offsite backups has solved the problem and documented it somewhere, but if not the next best thing is to hash out a custom setup with the guys on these forums (which I agree are excellent) and then document it for everyone else.
PS> The MSI Wind PC, very interesting looking, thanks.