[Samba] Does samba have the ability to specify a backup location for files that are replaced/overwritten?

Anchal Nigam imthenachoman at gmail.com
Mon Mar 21 02:38:32 UTC 2022

Yeah, I am too. But that only gets changes since the last sync/backup. If
samba has some native features for this it could be very useful --
especially as protection against ransomware.

My thought is, when a samba client writes a file through samba, the samba
server knows if the file exists or not. So, at that point, if it could
either create a backup of the file it is overwriting OR somehow use hard
links, then you would always have instant backups. This way you'd always
have instant backups.

Imagine a client machine is hit with ransomware that starts encrypting
files on the samba share. With a feature like this you'd still have backups
on the samba server that the ransomware couldn't get to.

Thank you!

On Sun, Mar 20, 2022 at 9:02 PM Philippe LeCavalier <support at plecavalier.com>

> I do this with rsync. It's a passive approach in the sense that rsync
> doesn't know if the client touched a file but if you create nightlies rsync
> can check the differences and send those deletes to an archive. In fact,
> this is how I provide backup services for most of my clients. Good luck.
> Thanks, Phil
> On Sat, Mar 19, 2022 at 12:03 PM Anchal Nigam via samba <
> samba at lists.samba.org> wrote:
>> I want it so every time a client modifies an existing file from a samba
>> share, samba, on the server, will make a backup copy of the file first.
>> Either by making a backup or using some kind of hard-link mechanism.
>> --
>> Thank you!
>> _Nacho
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