Rsync Incremental Backup in Windows-Unix Networks: Pros and Cons

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Rsync Backup Software is a nice sort of utilities which use the popular technology of syncing files and directories between two locations with the minimal data transfer flow.

The name rsync (remote synchronization) originally stands for a Unix utility. Also, there is a Windows analog named cwrsync. So, what makes it special about rsync backup?


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Say, you have two workstations in a network to synchronize. Rsync backup computes the difference between files in them and transfers this difference to the synchronized one.

This might sound like incremental or differential backup, but the rsync differs from them. Those two sync stuff via rewriting the files with the same names, and rsync only adds what is missing.

So, the data transfer flow between the two machines is minimized. Hence, we get minimized synchronization time. Hence, we eventually save our money (long live the mantra “Save the time to save the money”).


Rsync Backup Software The Way It Has To Be

Let’s have a closer look rsync backup software. Assume we are checking out only the most interesting situations this time. So, the network what we have all our sync fuss happening for is a mixed OS one, Windows-Unix.

Based on what we already know about rsync servers, backup, and stuff, we might deduce several advantages of the technology: fast incremental backup and restore and reduce in memory usage.

The best part: there is the functionality which might help to back up Linux servers and workstations along with Windows ones.

But there might arise problems as well. Here are some of the possible difficulties in using rsync backup software:

  • Limited support of 64-bit based server platforms;
  • Instability, during continuous backup big volumes of data;
  • Necessity of configuration for every particular rsync backup task.

This last one can be done automatically, but the problem is that there are no universal recipes for all servers and all types of data.

True, the off-the-shelf rsync in backup software might bring issues. But there an approach saving the situation: usage of not the utility as it is, but an adopted to certain software version.

Like rsync in Handy Backup.


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An experienced developer (and Novosoft’s are definitely of the kind; check the latest backup features for evidence) could resolve these problems, and bring the power of the original utility to the rsync backup software as it has to be.

Presently, Handy Backup team is working on rsync for backing up a network from multiple control points. The smart functionality will help you to manage the remote workstation backup from particularly any machine in the network, as long as you are authorized to do that.

Remember that little cute fact that rsync works for mixed OS networks? Handy Backup is going to bring you Windows and Linux workstation backup, and even more!

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