On Thu, 23 Jan 2003, P. U. Kruppa wrote:
I am looking for a concept to back up some Win2k workstations on
a FreeBSD machine. Can this be done and how?
The approach I use here is to set up
Samba on FreeBSD and run Microsoft Backup
on Windows to backup to a file on the server.
Other Windows backup programs (e.g., Dantz
Retrospect) can also write to files on
a Samba server.
A couple of caveats:
* Use a recent version of Samba. Prior to 2.0.8,
Samba did not support files >4GB, and some
later versions got very slow with large files.
I'm playing with the beta of 3.0 which
is very fast with large files.
* Microsoft Backup does no compression.
You can either use very large hard disks on
your server (which is what I'm doing now)
or periodically run a script on the server
to gzip the backup files.
* You should probably tune the disk for large
files; read 'man newfs' for details.
Using this setup with 100Mbps Ethernet,
I can backup a Windows workstation with
60GB of data in about 3 1/2 hours over
the network, resulting in a single 60GB
file on the server. Fortunately, not all
of my Windows machines are this large. ;-)
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