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By akalinowski ·
OK, my art dept is reluctant to comply w/ my policy of saving all data to my file server so that we have a way to recover incase of a disaster.... they been working here for ever so they pretty much have run of the place... especially since we are an art driven company, i need a away to be able to force backups of thier PC's every night to my server, i only need certain directories, but the entire system would would as well

thanks for any help you can provide

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by lyon_bleu In reply to Need remote backup of Mac ...

The art department's reluctance is understandable: there are
significant differences between the Macintosh file system and
most others that could destroy their work in the process of
transferring it from one system to the other. The general
solution is to archive the files in a format that can recognize
these differences and hide them, yet restore them. OTOH, if the
file server is also a Mac, then their fears are totally unfounded.

Retrospect, by Dantz, is one of the most reliable packages for
automated back up and archiving of Macs in a mixed
environment. <http://tinyurl.com/6zaqy>.

Alternatively one could use a compression utility that is HFS+
aware, such as Stuffit <http://tinyurl.com/8mylx> and then
write a back up routine in Applescript. If the Macs are running
OS X, there are also several shell commands that have been
extended to recognize the peculiarities of mac file formats,
including 'ditto' and 'gzip'--please be aware that 'tar' is _not_
appropriate.

There is also a project oriented utility called Mezzo <http://
tinyurl.com/8l4cf> which could be worth investigating,
depending on whether or not it supports the software that the
art department is using.

HTH,

paul

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by Murray Brydon In reply to Need remote backup of Mac ...

Quickest and easiest thing to try out would be Silverkeeper which is free from Lacie at www.silverkeeper.com. It lets you create backup sets to any mounted volumes and can be set to run on shutdown or at a scheduled time of day.

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