Rsync Over SSH (Windows XP)

Michael Chletsos mpchlets at
Sat Mar 14 22:43:44 GMT 2009

I have gone down the cygwin path and rsync and have gotten it to work
with ssh very reliably.

However, I recently replaced it with robocopy which is a native
windows app, it handles the permissions on files much better, since it
is not converted from nt-perms to cygwin-perms back to nt-perms, and
is just as easy to use - although different syntax.

Good luck.

On Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 6:41 AM, David Overton <david at> 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).
> I hope this doesn't sound too much like an ad, but you did ask about
> commercial solutions.
> Cheers,
> David
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