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« on: November 13, 2009, 04:08 »
Ok, sort of continuing on with this discussiona bout Windows Home Servers I have a follow up question.  I am thinking a back up like this would be best:

I want to have a local NAS device in my house. I will have things backed up there. I want that NAS device to automagically back up to another NAS device I have located at my moms house for offsite redundant storage.

Do anyone know if this is easy to set up, or of a software program I can put on the local NAS to do the automatic backup. Can you hook a monitor and keyboard up to a NAS and install regular programs like syncback?

I don't have any experience with a NAS device so I don't really know what the possibilities are.

« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2009, 04:16 »
Ok, I think I found one walk through for using rsync.  Installing rsync on your server which will back up off site

« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2009, 23:27 »
I once got Windows File Replication Service operating between my home network and the company where I worked, but I'm not sure if Home Server runs that service.  I was a Windows nerd at the time, complete with rack, rack mounted servers and routers in my bedroom. Oh those were the days. [sigh]

Now I'm a complete Apple fan boy, and totally out of touch with Windows versions and what runs what. Plus I'm a total cloud convert, so I use AWS via JungleDisk for online backup, and archive to HDDs and DVDs back home in Australia for the data I don't need to keep online.  I have the Apple Time Capsule for central in-home storage, and the 1TB is more than enough for my needs, and the automatic and centralised backup for the laptops is a dream.

What's missing to make my current setup ideal is a way to have the Time Capsule backup directly to AWS. At the moment I have to do it through JungleDisk, which is not very glamorous.

NAS is usually storage with a file system chip attached, and so isn't capable of having programs installed on it, *usually*. But they're coming out with all sorts of fancy devices these days. You might find one where you can install linux onto the device and access it remotely from your machine (no need for KVM). However, as it appears you've already discovered, there are plenty of tools which run on a local computer to access local NAS and backup to a remote location, usually via FTP/SFTP or RPC over HTTPS (i.e. VPN).

Boy I miss those TLAs. ;)


« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2009, 05:19 »
Today I have two Macs syncbacking up essentials between the Macs and the cloud through Dropbox (up to 100 GB), and an old PowerMac Quicksilver server connected to a 12 bay FireWire cabinet.
When I can afford it, I am looking for a couple of QNAPs (TS-809 Pro, one at home and one remote) with RAID 6, which I believe/hope can do what Leaf is looking for: "Remote Replication - The data on the NAS can be backed up to or from another Turbo NAS or Rsync server over the network."

« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2009, 05:26 »
I have a few files backed up with mozy, which is similar to JungleDisk.  this works good for small files that I want to keep safe, but for 1.5 TB of photos, I need something to run 24/7 - so it can back up all day and night also also the NAS would serve as a second in house backup

I know you can hook a WHS up to JungleDisk, but the prices of $.15/gb/month get a little steep.  I either need an unlimited online backup or need to figure out something myself.  Both Mozy and Carbonite offer unlimited back up (for personal use?!) which could work but they don't outright suppoer WHS although I have read that people have gotten it to work.

I have also found a company called QNAP which apparently makes NAS servers which work well and can quite easily do offsite backups to another QNAP machine. 

One thing I really like about WHS is that you can add any size drive to the set-up.  Most Raid systems require you to have identically sized drives. 


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