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Configure RSync on FreeNAS to sync shares with a Windows NAS device

Sun VM setup 1

My home backup solution is a little elaborate. I've built a FreeNAS server with two 500GB drives in a JBOD configuration for 1TB of storage. That data is then replicated to a Windows Device based NAS with four 250GB drives in a Raid 5 configuration. From there, the most essential folders and data are backed up to a Powervault 120t 4000 DLT IV tape backup library.

The aim of this document will be to illustrate how to recreate this configuration - which is a suitable, inexpensive alternative to more expensive data replication solution for a small office or data center on a limited budget - or overkill for the propeller head who can't be away from the hum of a data-center without going into withdrawals.

Sun VM setup
Open Sun VirtualBox and click the "New" button to create a new machine.

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6 comments
eric.brown
eric.brown

The link to the download doesn't work. IE cannot display the requested page.

DNSB
DNSB

I'm using a disk-based backup solution but since the system in the article uses tape, the solution is the same. Take the weekend backup into work with you and bring the previous week backup home (actually, I use 3 sets so two are always off site). I tried a couple of online backup solutions but the bandwidth required to do the backups in real time was not available -- 3 days to do a full weekly backup didn't work for me.

The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

depends on what you choose - the system I selected just uploads data changes (compressed) after the initial on site data backup which was shipped to the secure site. Changes are written to an SQL database to keep track of things. An Asigra based solution.

DNSB
DNSB

The differential backups with data de-duplication were fine. The problem is that I wanted a full bare metal backup as well. Stuffing the >1TB of backup data over the network was the issue. Since most of this was done as a part of looking at DR plans for work, I was wanting to find a solution that would scale well while keeping concerns about privacy to a minimum.