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106. Backing up via Rsync to Btrfs snapshots

See also: How to use the IBM Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager aka TSM)
See also: How do I take backup of the data on my computer?
See also: We need more storage! Do you have a file server we can use?

BMC-IT is running a service for simple incremental file based backups to disk using Rsync and Btrfs snapshots. The service is used internally in BMC-IT for servers we do system administration for. You you can set up a similar system if you want to.

  • The computer to be backed up must run a SSH server with Rsync - in practice this is usually macOS and Linux.

  • The computer to be backed up must be contacted from the backup server using a host name. In practice this means the computer to be backed up must be a server that is always on.
  • This is not a good way of backing up large files that are constantly changing - for example virtual machine images. Instead let the virtual machine be backed up from inside the guest operating system.

The service is documented in the SOP - Rsync backup to Btrfs snapshots.


This entry backup.rsync.btrfs was last modified 2017-08-16


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