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Q: Online Back-up Solution? (Open Source) ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Online Back-up Solution? (Open Source)
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: timnmi-ga
List Price: $40.00
Posted: 11 Nov 2006 02:09 PST
Expires: 11 Dec 2006 02:09 PST
Question ID: 781822
Can you point me to an Open Source Live Back-up Solution?

I'm looking for an open source back-up solution. I want a simple piece
of software  that does automated back-ups (and maybe supports
replication) for specified files/ folders. I want to back-up to an
online file server. But I don't want a hosted service. I will provide
the server and hence I don't want an ongoing fee. I just want the
software (ideally with source code available). All common file types
to be supported and no size limits on files.

The back-up mechanism could be once per day or it could live (a
background process).

Hint: I like Carbonite. An open source version of this wouold be interesting.
Subject: Re: Online Back-up Solution? (Open Source)
Answered By: leapinglizard-ga on 11 Dec 2006 01:52 PST
Dear timnmi,

The most powerful open-source backup system is Amanda, but it is
not exactly simple. It only operates through the command line, and on
Windows systems you can only run it on top of Cygwin, which you'll have
to install beforehand.

Amanda: Home

Cygwin: Home

BackupPC is somewhat friendlier. It comes with a simple web interface
that lets you administer the backup server from anywhere without logging
in to the server. It can back up Windows clients, but must itself run
on a Unix-like system such as Linus, OS X, or BSD.

BackupPC: Home

BackupPC: Download

Bacula is another backup system that requires Unix at the server end
but comes with a Windows client.

Bacula: Home

Bacula: The Windows Version


Subject: Re: Online Back-up Solution? (Open Source)
From: fjager-ga on 28 Nov 2006 05:03 PST
You can make a simple script in php which back-ups specified files and
run that with an timer..
Subject: Re: Online Back-up Solution? (Open Source)
From: cynthia-ga on 28 Nov 2006 11:23 PST
Thanks for mentioning Carbonite. I've been looking for an idiot-proof
automated online backup service for my brother, and Carbonite fills
the bill perfectly!

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