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    Hi guys,
    I am using Dathorn's backup server service. But I am looking for an automated way to weekly move my data to a hard disk I control more fully. I was wondering what backup solutions some of you guys were using.

    For instance is anyone using rsync? The beauty of rsync is that once you do one big backup, then it will only bring accross changes. To include my mysql database contents, I would first dump it into a file.

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    Hamtramck Rick

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    I'm not sure, since you only have FTP access...
    Maybe a PHP script to FTP there and FTP it all into another account?
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    Hi Jonathon,
    Yes, from the Dathorn backup server I can only ftp, so if I used anything else, I would have to pull the backup directly from my server. Does anyone pull stuff from their server regularly and burn it onto CDs? That was my plan. But I have so much data that the last time I did it, it took all weekend because there was close to 4 gig of stuff. So I'm looking for interesting solutions.

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    You could always ask Dathorn if they have any sort of solution
    to get the data from the backup server to a computer you control.

    As for the CDs, I'd suggest making a good investment
    and buying a external 120GB hard drive or something simular,
    although you've said you have a hard disk in your control (I assume you mean a hard drive).
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    I use a shell script to dump down my database, which i then FTP off site via CRON.
    This gives me peace of mind that i have a copy of the database both on the server and at another location should anything go pear shaped.

    As my database is the only thing that changes regularly i don't see the need to transfer my files to another location as well.

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    Hi David,
    That sounds cool. Sounds like you are a bulletin board or CMS man. (g) I have a lot of mp3 files on my site that I have to consider. They are uploaded by the musicians who create them. I plan on making my site as safe as yours!

    Hamtramck Rick

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    Have you considered trying to find a programmer to
    write a custom (maybe branded?) program for you?

    Something to connect to a FTP server "A" (backups)
    and transfer to FTP server "B" (backup FTP server).

    I know a local Dathorn member created something
    simular: http://rcmedia.town-local.net/softwa...ticle&artid=19
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    You can use NCFTP via CRON and tell it to transfer whole folders.
    That may help you.

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    I am going to try running a rsync server at my house, and the rsync client on the dathorn PC. The first "sync up" will move a lot of data, but after that only the changes will be sent to my home PC. This way, with minimal effort and bandwidth I will have a copy of my site on a home PC. If I do it once a week, then my backup will no older than a week. I'll run a cron job on the dathorn computer to dump the database into an ascii file once a week before the process starts.

    I'll report back and tell you guys how well it worked.

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    The inexpensive backup host I have only allows ftp. I am backup up to a local linux machine I have, so I am currently using lftp. It works like ftp but has more commands. It has a mirror command which you can use to mirror a directory and all its subdirectories. It check file names, date/times and size and only uploads files that have changed. It's pretty good so far.

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