How To remote backup with rsync

This is probably the simply way to backup data to other server using a secure protocoal an minimum bandwidh.

Note:
BckServer.com – Is the backup server
Server1.com – Is the server you want to backup

Login to the server you want to backup

1. Creating a key with the ssh-keygen utility:

# ssh-keygen -t rsa -N ” (these are two single quotes)

2. Copy RSA encryption key to the backup server:

# scp ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub username@BckServer.com:keys/server1
# ssh username@BckServer.com mergekeys

Now you can backup a folder without prompting for a password:

# rsync -avz -e ssh /etc/folder username@BckServer.com :folder_on_server1

Rsync configuration Examples:

Back up entire server:

rsync -avz –exclude=/proc -e ssh / username@bckserver.com:folder_on_server1

Back up home directories:

rsync -avz -e ssh /home username@bckserver.com:folder_on_server1

Back up specific users:

rsync -avz -e ssh ~user1 ~user2 ~user3 username@bckserver.com:folder_on_server1

Put it on crontab:

# nano /etc/crontab

Add this line:

13 3 * * * root rsync -avz -e ssh /home username@bckserver.com:folder_on_server1

Save and Exit

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