rsync: Re: using rsync to backup windows workstations

Bill Campbell bill at
Thu Nov 15 06:45:20 EST 2001

On Wed, Nov 14, 2001 at 10:15:59AM -0500, Thomas Lambert wrote:
>I have about 12 NT servers that I want to backup 1 directory to my Linux
>Server.  The problem I am having is trying to get it not to ask for the
>user's password.  I am trying to use ssh.  I just installed the latest
>cygwin on my NT server (1.3.4).  Rsync is 2.4.6.  What I have tried was on
>the NT machine, I ran ssh-keygen (no passphrase) and then added the
> to the Linux box in the /home/thomas/.ssh/authorized_keys.

Instead of using ssh, why don't you use straight rsync, with rsync running
in server mode on the Linux box.  You should probably put separate entries
in /etc/rsyncd.conf for each Windows box something like the one below that
I use to backup our local hardware suffering from the Microsoft Virus, W2K.

	uid = root
	gid = root
	path = /rd0/backups/dumbo
	read only = false
	use chroot = false
	comment = Backup for Dumbo Win2K
	hosts allow = 
	hosts deny = *

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