Disk Based Backup with Rsync, Ssh and Dirvish

John Blanford


With the cost of disk drives becoming so cheep, many users are ditching slow and expensive tape based backup systems and replacing them with disk based backup.

I will talk about 3 linux based programs that can be used for disk based backup, rsync, a fast incremental file transfer program created by Andrew Tridgell of Samba fame. Ssh a secure network communication program, and dirvish, a perl script that automates network backups using rsync and ssh. If time permits, I will also go over configuring dirvish to work with Bran Hatch's authprogs
program to create secure unattended network backups.