Rsync Over SSH (Windows XP)

Daniel.Li daniel_li at
Sat Mar 14 15:23:54 GMT 2009

On Sat, 2009-03-14 at 23:41 +1100, David Overton wrote:
> Hi Henri,
> 2009/3/14 henri <henri at>:
> > In essence I would like to determine if rsync a good choice when it comes to
> > the backup of files on a Windows XP machine?
> >
> > Suggestions such as the following will all be warmly welcomed :
> >
> > (1) Do not run rsync over ssh, keep it simple.
> > (2) Do not use rsync on Windows XP.
> > (3) Try xyz commercial solution/service instead, it works great!
> > (4) Use xyz open source solution it is fantastic!
> > (4) It works but it is difficult, prepare your self for punishment.
> > (5) No problem, just follow these instructions you will be running in 1 day.
> > (6) It works, just make sure you install the xyz patch.
> > (7) Not enough information, it depends on various other factors.
> >  ...etc
> >
> >
> > I am aware that there is the popular "Cygwin" project which provides a super
> > simple way of installing both rsync and OpenSSH on Windows systems.
> There's no "native" port of rsync on Windows so using the Cygwin
> port is the way to go.  If you don't want a full Cygwin installation
> there is an excellent package called cwRsync which contains just what
> you need at  The same site provides
> an OpenSSH package called CopSSH which is designed to work well with
> cwRsync.  Both packages come with Windows-style installers that set up
> the SSH/rsync daemons as Windows services.
> If you want a commercial backup solution, you might be interested in
> BackupAssist ( which now supports backup via rsync
> as well as other methods.  (Disclaimer: I work for the company that
> develops BackupAssist.)  BackupAssist provides various pre-defined
> schemes for regular scheduled backups with history.  No need to fiddle
> around with scripts and rsync options, just enter your server details,
> select a scheme then select which files/directories you want to backup.
> There's a 30 day free trial period if you want to try it out.
> Other features:
> - Supports rsync daemon, rsync over ssh, and rsync daemon via ssh tunnel
> - Backup history uses hard links for files that haven't changed between
>   backups, similar to rsnapshot.  (Our marketing department calls this
>   "single instance store".)
> - Support for Volume Shadow Copy service (VSS) for Windows 2003 and
>   later (not XP unfortunately).

Humm... Excellent software. But I don't have enough money to buy :)
> I hope this doesn't sound too much like an ad, but you did ask about
> commercial solutions.
> Cheers,
> David

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