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Office backup to home

by wwilsonxp / December 24, 2008 10:03 AM PST

I already have my office server going with a backup computer. I would like the backup computer(from the office) to automatically send the backup it has just made to my house computer (either daily or once every 2 days). But i don't know of any way to do this or of any software that would take care of this. I use acronis true image at the office. Any recommendations? The computer at home will just hold backups not use them. Any recommendations would be great!

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What's the OS of the backup computer.
by Kees Bakker / December 24, 2008 8:00 PM PST
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Like Windows Server 2008 or Ubuntu Linux? You should use the standard OS tools and available utitities here, as far as possible.
And what exactly is the backup? Just a copy of all files in a certain folder (and subfolders)? Or one file in a proprietary format of the backup program?


Did you even consider using the commercial off-site backup services. They have programs that backup your data to a site somewhere on the internet. That's rather safe also.

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by wwilsonxp / December 24, 2008 8:27 PM PST

The backup computer thats in the office is just a regular windows xp pro sp3 and i wanted to just backup just one file that the backup program makes. I was thinking about using one of those backup websites but i feel more comfortable with my backup in my own hands.

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Other options.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 24, 2008 8:35 PM PST
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If it is just one file, then the easiest options seem to be;

1] Send the file as an attachment to the email address you use at home. Then you have a copy.

2] Copy the file to a CD/DVD, or a USB flash drive, and take that home.

If the file holds sensitive data then I would discount 1, and also for that matter discount storing it on some web site resource.

Is there any reason why either of those two cannot work?


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back up size
by wwilsonxp / December 25, 2008 12:14 AM PST
In reply to: Other options.

Basically the convenice of having automatic backup would be nice. I was thinking about using dropbox but the backup size is about 15gb. I was really avoiding a flash drive okay because i lose it all the time and i'm afraid if the data falls into the wrong hands i'm in big trouble.

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You can't mail ...
by Kees Bakker / December 25, 2008 4:44 AM PST
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15 Gb. So it's up to you to configure a webserver and do a download to your home PC using your browser. Or an ftp-server and use any ftp-client.

Still, you'll need a fast broadband connection, both at work and at home to make it feasible. Let's do the math. Say you've got a 10 Mb/second connection. That's 1,2 MB/second. 15 Gb then takes 3:20 hours. If you've got a 5 Mb/second connection, it's 6:40.

It won't be difficult to automate a batch ftp on your home PC, using a task scheduler and a batch file.

Somehow, I think this isn't a very good idea to do it like this. What you would need is an incremental backup (only backup the changes).


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At 15GB let's hope that not needed daily.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 25, 2008 4:58 AM PST
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Most ISPs will invoke a limit so let's call it that you only change so much per day. Any decent sync software will find and only update the changed files.

SYNCBACK does this over the internet to any number of 'servers' you could deploy.

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