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On-line Backup

posted Aug 27, 2009, 7:38 AM by Wei Wang   [ updated Aug 27, 2009, 7:49 AM ]
Just a nice article titled On-line Backups: Flexible Enough for Home & the Office by Jeffrey B. Layton on the Linux Magazine.

I use the same technique in helping a client who is the owner of a small dental clinic. The solution is rather simple in comparison but effective. I basically built a RAID-1 box using some off-the-shelf parts from and wrote a few scripts. Then on the client's home PC, I installed Cygwin, plus my scripts, setup a scheduled task in Windows XP that would run everyday after office hour or at system startup if a scheduled event is missed. There -- an inexpensive, on-line and off-site backup solution.

Of course, the backup is not available if the home PC is not on-line all the time. But that is not a big issue since the client's home is not far from the office.

The biggest challenge is probably keeping the home PC virus free so that the backup data does not get infected.