[OT] - Backing Up Windows XP to Linux

brianhks at activeclickweb.com brianhks at activeclickweb.com
Wed Oct 4 13:12:33 MDT 2006

This is bad.  If you mount the drive you may as well use cp or copy or  
xcopy.  The real strength of rsync is its extremely low level of  
network traffic to sync the data.  To do this rsync does checksums on  
the data so if you run it over a mounted volume it will read all of  
the date across the wire.  Rsync runs best when there are two  
instances of rsync running, one on each machine to be synchronized.   
This way only checksums are passed over the wire before any data is  


Quoting Gabriel Gunderson <gabe at gundy.org>:

> On Tue, 2006-10-03 at 15:00 -0600, Ryan Simpkins wrote:
>> What I want:
>> Alternative ideas from you. Is there something like rsync that plays
>> better with XP? I want to do some form of snapshotting so it is very
>> fast. I want it to be automated. I want the file/backup server to run
>> Linux. I want to use FOSS or freeware if possible.
> Why not do the following?
> 1) Put the two computers on the same subnet (virtually) with OpenVPN.
> 2) Have the Linux server mount the Windows share.
> 3) Rsync from the mounted share to the back-up dir on the server.
> Then, if you wanted to get tricky you could watch the management
> interface on the OpenVPN server to see when you have connected.  After
> applying logic to see if an sync is needed, you could then call a script
> that mounts the drive, rsyncs it and un-mounts it.  All the magic
> happens on your trusty Debian server and Windows only needs OpenVPN
> installed.
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