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Thread: Back up windows PC as it connects to the network

  1. #1
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    Back up windows PC as it connects to the network

    Hello I have a little home server with Ubuntu 10.10, actually it is already backing up my web hosting daily via a cron.daily script..
    But I would like to do the same with my Windows laptop, which would it be the best way to do so?

    I thought about this, please tell me if it's a good idea:
    since the Ubuntu pc is (almost) always turned on it would be no profit to have it mount the Win PC at startup, indeed I could have a cron.hourly script to check if the Laptop is connected to the network and to back it up once a day, thus by checking a small text file with written the date of the last backup (so that it does not back it up every hour!)

    BTW how do I check if the Win PC is connected to the network? How do I mount it via samba? Do you suggest to backup stuff simply moving files, via tar (as I already do with my web host) or with rsync?

    Thanks guyzz!

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    Re: Back up windows PC as it connects to the network

    Maybe BackupPC is for you: http://backuppc.sourceforge.net/info.html

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    Re: Back up windows PC as it connects to the network

    Great, right what I could not find myself! I took a while to configure but now it seems to be working great!

    Thanks!

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