Rsync to a Remote NAS

Joachim Otahal (privat) Jou at
Thu Apr 12 13:28:42 MDT 2012

This is like mounting the remote drive via samba and then do a sync, 
this is like doing a normal copy job without the deltra transfer 
benefits of rsync.
If at all possible you should run an rsync daemon on the NAS box and 
then run the rsync command on the other side of the VPN. rsync uses port 
873 by default. Or use an extra box connected via LAN (not vpn) to mount 
the NAS and run the rsync daemon.
If the NAS is your command on the other side would be:
rsync  --verbose --progress --stats --compress --recursive --times 
--perms --links --delete /Share/

You can also turn it around to let the NAS poll the backup, you need to 
run an rsync server on the main site then, but only a few officially 
support it.


Joachim Otahal

Chris Arnold schrieb:
> Forgive me if this has been addressed here before. We have a remote office that we need to backup to our NAS. We have a site to site certificate VPN. The remote site has over 51gb that needs to be backed up to our NAS over that VPN. I have tried this command:
> rsync --verbose --progress --stats --compress --recursive --times --perms --links --delete /Share/* / smb://
> and it just sits there and appears to do nothing. Does rsync make a tarball first and then put it where it is told to put it or does it just copy the files/folders over? Maybe it is the smb://xx.xx.xx.xx/whatever that is breaking it......the bottom line is i need to copy/rsync a directory to a remote server through a VPN. How is this accomplished?

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