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Time Machine Style Backups

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SwisherSweet

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Hi,

I found this script:

https://github.com/laurent22/rsync-time-backup

It claims to make time machine style backups using rsync, which is exactly what I'm looking for.

However, I'm not quote sure if I can install it in the base FreeNAS OS drive using GIT:

git clone https://github.com/laurent22/rsync-time-backup

If I run this in the console, will git even be available and on the path? Where will the script be installed?

I'm a unix noob, so I apologize for he rudimentary questions.

Lastly, I think I know the answer to this, but wanted to verify. If I want to us a USB or SATA attached drive to back up to, must is use the ZFS file system? I would like to use my Drobo but I know ZFS wants full access to hardware and won't work on RAID systems. If it MUST use ZFS, then I could setup the Drobo on the network and backup across the network instead. For example, hang it off the Mac server on my network.
 
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dlavigne

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Hi,

I found this script:

https://github.com/laurent22/rsync-time-backup

It claims to make time machine style backups using rsync, which is exactly what I'm looking for.

However, I'm not quote sure if I can install it in the base FreeNAS OS drive using GIT:

git clone https://github.com/laurent22/rsync-time-backup
The only thing you need out of that repo is the script itself:
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/laurent22/rsync-time-backup/master/rsync_tmbackup.sh. Save that to a file on your client system and copy it to the desired location on the FreeNAS system's data pool.
 

danb35

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If I want to us a USB or SATA attached drive to back up to, must is use the ZFS file system?
Yes, unless you do some hacking on the FreeNAS box. The only support FreeNAS has for filesystems other than ZFS is importing the data from them in a one-time operation.
 

JaMu

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This looks really interesting and would fit the bill for me perfectly. How have you got on with this, do you have it working now? If you could provide a step by step guide that would be great.

I would like the destination for the files that are backed up with rsync script to be a Windows Storage Spaces pool formatted with ReFS that I have. Could I just create a share on this and use this rsync scrip to back up to the share? Alternatively, I think I could use Cygwin to run rsync on on the Windows box?

I'd really appreciate everyone's input.

Thanks
 
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