Rsync backups

Rsync is a backup destination for File Protection backups, which allows you to back up data across the internet to an rsync host server. Adding rsync backups to your backup strategy is an excellent way of insuring yourself against data loss. Critical files can be copied to a secure, off site location, away from your office, and you can also use built-in rsync encryption to protect the data on the rsync host.

This feature requires the Cloud Backup add-on

To learn more, see Rsync host setup

How to create an rsync backup job

Launch BackupAssist and follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Select the Backup tab
  2. Select Create a New Backup Job
  3. Select File Protection
    If this is the first time you have created a backup job, you will be asked to provide a Backup User Identity. To learn more, see Backup User Identity
  4. Selections
    This step is used to select the data and applications that you want to back up. Any VSS applications detected will be displayed here as application directory containers.
  5. Destination media
    The destination screen is used to select the rsync destination. The rsync destination will be an rsync host that you have setup. To learn more about setting up an rsync destination, see Rsync host setup
  6. Schedule
    This step is used to select when and how you would like the backup job to run, and how long you would like the backup to be retained for. A selection of pre-configured schedules, called schemes, as well as a custom scheme, can be selected.
  7. Set up destination
    This step is used to configure your rsync destination.
  8. Notifications
    Once a backup job has completed, BackupAssist can send an email to inform selected recipients of the result. This email notification is enabled during the creation of the backup job, but you must also provide your mail server settings so that the notifications can be sent. To learn how to configure your mail server for BackupAssist, see Email server settings.
  9. Prepare media
    This step will be skipped because rsync backups do not use removable media.
  10. Name your backup
    Provide a name for your backup job, and click Finish.
  11. Your File Protection backup job has now been created.

  • Warning: Rsync backups are incremental but the first time the backup job runs, a full backup will be required. You may therefore need to seed the first backup to the rsync host. See How to Seed an rsync backup for the seeding options available.

  • Note: BackupAssist's reports can be used to review the results of each backup job. Backups should also so be checked by performing a test restore. Regular test restores should be part of your backup solution.

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