Rsync made easy with Amazon S3


It’s easy to see why so many people are using remote backups. You have scalable storage, no hardware to manage and a backup destination that you can access from anywhere with an internet connection. This is ideal for roaming users, home offices, remote sites and small businesses.

Note: BackupAssist 10 has introduced a fully-featured Cloud Backup solution.

Cloud services have made remote backups popular and BackupAssist makes them easy with its Rsync solution. Rsync can back up your data to a cloud service, storage provider or your own Rsync server. All you need is a destination that supports the Rsync protocol.

So why Rsync?

BackupAssist’s implementation of Rsync provides data security and data optimization.

  • Security means your data is transferred using Secure Shell and stored at its destination using encryption.
  • Optimization means data is compressed while it’s transferred and you can choose to backup only the data that has changed.

BackupAssist & Amazon S3

BackupAssist makes Rsync simple by providing dedicated selection screens for a popular Rsync provider, Amazon. S3 is Amazon’s Simple Storage Service. This online storage can be used as a destination for your BackupAssist File Protection backups. Files, folders and applications such as SQL and Exchange can be backed up securely and simply to an Amazon S3 bucket.


Simple to set up

When you join Amazon S3, you create an Amazon Web Services account, an Access ID and Key, and an S3 bucket for your backups.

To back up to your S3 bucket:

  1. Create a File Protection backup job
  2. Select the data to back up
  3. Select S3Rsync from the BackupAssist destination screen
  4. Select your backup schedule
  5. Enter your Amazon S3 details into the Set up destination screen.
  6. Select your backup notifications

It’s that easy!


With a recommended storage provider and a tailored solution, BackupAssist has made it easy to implement remote backup solutions.

To learn more, check out these online resources

Amazon S3 overview and pricing

Amazon S3 documentation

BackupAssist Rsync documentation

4 thoughts on “Rsync made easy with Amazon S3”

    • Hello, Jon

      You will require both an Amazon S3 account (storage) and an S3 Rsync account in this scenario. The reason being for this is that Amazon do not provide the API’s to connect directly to their systems and this requires a third party tool, which is where S3 Rsync comes into the scenario.

      Kind Regards


  1. Hello, Charlie

    The BackupAssist backup that uses Rsync is called File Protection. When you select an S3Rsync destination on the “Destination media” setup step, you will see an option appear called “Enable Rsync file based encryption”. This will encrypt the files as they are backed up to the S3 bucket.

    If you would like to know more about this feature, please contact our technical support by phone or email so they can assist you directly. Our support details are available at

    Kind Regards


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